TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 24th April 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 24th April 2011 and it’s more good news as TNA Wrestling on Challenge continues to be the top rated wrestling programming on UK television, winning for the third consecutive week and 7th time overall this year. Not only that but this weeks TNA Lockdown broadcast was the highest rated TNA PPV EVER on UK television!

Lockdown: Proved to be a ratings hit!

Lockdown: Proved to be a ratings hit!

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! scored a superb 191,000 viewers (down 1,000 from last weeks record high), for the Tuesday 19th April Hogan’s Law” episode featuring a Mr. Anderson vs. Immortal Gauntlet match main event.

In further good news, coming off last week’s record high viewing figure for iMPACT!, TNA followed up this week with their highest rated PPV ever broadcast on UK television.

TNA Lockdown, broadcast on Wednesday 20th April at 10pm was headlined by the Immortal vs. Fortune “Lethal Lockdown”  Match as well as a Mr. Anderson, Sting and Rob Van Dam three-way bout for the TNA World Heaveyweight title. The show tied with TNA iMPACT! drawing a record high 91,000 viewers, a figure that i’m sure TNA and Sky will be very pleased with.

TNA Xplosion ranked outside the top 10 highest rated programs on Challenge TV and thus i’m unable to confirm the exact viewing figures for the episode. However the lowest ranked of the top 10 was 101,000 viewers and thus Xplosion falls somewhere below that figure.

Here is the Top 10 ranked programs on Challenge for the week:

Challenge
w/e 24 Apr 2011

1 TNA PPV TNA LOCKDOWN (WED 2202) 191
2 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2200) 191
3 CRYSTAL MAZE (MON 1800) 165
4 CATCHPHRASE (MON 1900) 143
5 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (THU 2200) 126
6 CATCHPHRASE (MON 1931) 123
7 TAKESHIS CASTLE (SUN 1030) 112
8 CRYSTAL MAZE (THU 1800) 108
9 CATCHPHRASE (THU 1930) 105
10 BULLSEYE (THU 2300) 101

WWE’s Raw, which was ironically broadcast from London, featuring a Randy Orton vs. CM Punk main event posted 144,000 viewers, down 8,000 from last weeks episode.

Smackdown took yet another ratings dive for the second consecutive weeks, drawing 111,000 viewers on Sky Sports 4 for a show featuring an Edge retirement party and headlined by a Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston IC Title match main event. This was a drop of a whopping 32,000 viewers on last week and a total drop of 49,000 viewers in the last two weeks.

In other programming, WWE’s syndicated show “Bottom Line” drew 41,000 viewiers for it’s Saturday morning airing on Sky Sports 4. WWE NXT drew 26,000 viewers for a saturday night airing of the show. No other wrestling related programming ranked in the top 10 programmes.

Here’s an overview of viewership for all wrestling programming for the week:

Weekly Ratings Summary:
TNA iMPACT! (Challenge, Tuesday, 2203) – 191,000
TNA PPV LOCKDOWN (Challenge, Wednesday, 2202) – 191,000
WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2600) – 144,000
WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2100) – 111,000
WWE BOTTOM LINE (Sky Sports 4, Saturday, 1100) – 41,000
WWE NXT (Sky Sports 4, Saturday, 2313) – 26,000
TNA XPLOSION (Challenge, Tuesday, 2400) – Under 101,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
TNA iMPACT! – 7
WWE RAW – 2
WWE Smackdown – 2

*Based on first showing viewing figures, not inclusive of +1 or replay figures.

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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