TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 15th May 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 15th May 2011 and it’s further good news for TNA Wrestling on Challenge!

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! scored a superb 193,000 viewers, for the Tuesday 10th May “The Network is Coming episode headlined by a Kurt Angle & Velvet Sky vs. Jeff Jarrett, Angelina Love and Winter main Event.

Kurt Angle/Jeff Jarrett Feud: the focus on IMPACT

Angle, the Jarretts and Velvet Sky: Held their own in an entertaining main event.

Despite the slight drop in viewership (likely a result of the show focusing very much on the knockouts and featuring few of the main event players) from the last two record breaking weeks, TNA Wrestling on Challenge continues to be the top rated wrestling programming on UK television for the sixth consecutive week and 10th time overall this year.

The show once again ranked 1st overall amongst all programming on Challenge for the week, with the Saturday night repeat ranking 6th.

The saturday night repeat drew an all time high viewership of 124,000 viewers, up 3000 on the previous record. Combined, this means a total of 317,000 viewers catching iMPACT! on Challenge this week, just 4000 shy of the previous high.

TNA Xplosion, featuring an Eric Young vs. Robbie E main event, 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, Catchphrase, drew 119,000 viewers and thus Xplosion falls somewhere below that figure.

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

Challenge
w/e 15 May 2011

1 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2202) 193
2 CRYSTAL MAZE (MON 1800) 141
3 IN IT TO WIN IT (MON 2100) 140
4 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1902) 127
5 BULLSEYE (WED 2302) 126
6 TNA IMPACT (SAT 2100) 124
7 FAMILY FORTUNES (WED 2030) 124
8 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (WED 2201) 122
9 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1932) 121
10 CATCHPHRASE (FRI 1931) 119

WWE’s RAW, headlined by the Miz vs Alberto Del Rio vs Rey Mysterio Number 1 contenders match posted 153,000 viewers.

WWE’s other flagship show “Smackdown” rebounded from last weeks disastrous 32,000 viewer drop with a show which featured a Randy Orton/Christian Cage vs. Sheamus & Mark Henry main event and drew 132,000 viewers (up 29,000). Interestingly this show (the first after the unpopular title switch to Orton) saw a ratings drop in the states, whereas the opposite trend occurred here in the UK.

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

Weekly Ratings Summary:

1 TNA IMPACT (Challenge, Tuesday, 2202) 193,000
2 WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2600) 153,000
3 WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2232) 132,000
4 TNA IMPACT Replay (Challenge, Saturday, 2100) 124,000
5 TNA Xplosion (Challenge, Tuesday 2400) Under 119,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
TNA iMPACT! – 10
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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