TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 8th May 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 8th May 2011 and hot off the heels of last weeks record breaking viewership numbers and the announcement of another TNA UK fan party, you’d be forgiven for thinking this week couldn’t possibly bring any more good news…but it does!

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! scored a superb 244,000 viewers, for the Tuesday 3rd May Queen Closeau episode headlined by a Sting vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray World Title Match Main Event.

The search for Angle's Mistress: Drew in the casual viewers!

The search for Kurt Angle's "Mistress": Intrigued even the casual viewers!

This ensures that TNA Wrestling on Challenge continues to be the top rated wrestling programming on UK television for the fifth consecutive week, 9th time overall this year and is once again a new all time record high in viewership outdrawing both WWE RAW and Smackdown COMBINED!

The show once again ranked 1st overall amongst all programming on Challenge for the week and was up a whopping 44,000 viewers from last week’s record breaking episode.

TNA Xplosion, featuring a British Invasion, Murphy & Gunner vs. Orlando Jordan, Eric Young, Devon and Tommy Dreamer 8-Man Tag Bout, 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, Eggheads, drew 123,000 viewers and thus Xplosion falls somewhere below that figure.

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

Challenge
w/e 08 May 2011

1 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2203) 244
2 IN IT TO WIN IT (THU 2100) 169
3 AUNTIES SMALLS (THU 2153) 152
4 IN IT TO WIN IT (TUE 2111) 150
5 BULLSEYE (WED 2301) 149
6 CRYSTAL MAZE (THU 1800) 148
7 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (WED 2201) 141
8 EGGHEADS (TUE 2036) 140
9 NINJA WARRIOR (THU 2201) 130
10 EGGHEADS (TUE 2000) 123

WWE’s RAW, featuring the heavily hyped “Rock Birthday Celebration”, a John Cena vs Miz WWE Title rematch and a Mason Ryan vs. Kane main event posted 135,000 viewers, up 7,000 from last weeks episode.

WWE’s other flagship show “Smackdown” drew 103,000 viewers (a drop of a whopping 32,000 viewers from last week) on Sky Sports 4 for a show headlined by Randy Orton’s World Heavyweight Title victory over Christian.

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

Weekly Ratings Summary:
TNA iMPACT! (Challenge, Tuesday, 2203) – 244,000
WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2600) – 135,000
WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2300) – 103,000
TNA XPLOSION (Challenge, Tuesday, 2400) – Under 123,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
TNA iMPACT! – 9
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.

6 Responses to TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 8th May 2011

  1. Terrence says:

    WOW! TNA is on a roll. I love how Sky basically didn’t want TNA after the Bravo buyout, mostly due to their existing contract with WWE, but thanks to alot of badgering from the fans they finally took notice.

    And even then they still bunged it on a gameshow channel out the way and wouldn’t you know they now have to sit up and take notice as TNA outdraws WWE by an ever growing margin every week! YES!

  2. DJDERR says:

    Hard to believe WWE was pulling numbers between 170,000-200,000 viewers a week for Raw and Smackdown when TNA first got the deal with Bravo…the tide has well and truly turned!

  3. stylesclash says:

    PAY-PER-VIEW! PAY-PER-VIEW! PAY-PER-VIEW!

    Time we got an IMPACT Wrestling or PPV broadcast live from Wembley arena, make it happen Dixie!

  4. Ron Simmons says:

    DAMN! 🙂

  5. Little Stinger says:

    Great news for TNA once again. If this is the rating for iMPACT! just imagine what Sacrifice is going to draw on Wednesday night!

  6. saintstna says:

    Well done TNA great viewing figures, I agree with stylesclash its now time for an Impact show or PPV here in the UK, But not wembley has to be in Manchester at the M.E.N Arena so I can go to it 🙂

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