TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 22nd May 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 22nd 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 197,000 viewers, for the Tuesday 17th May The Network’s Revenge episode featuring the surprise appearances of Mick Foley, Chris Harris and Chyna. The show was headlined by 25 Man Battle Royal  main Event won by Mr. Anderson. This was up 4,000 viewers on last weeks episode and means TNA Wrestling on Challenge continues to be the top rated wrestling programming on UK television for the seventh consecutive week and 11th time overall this year.

TNA Sacrifice, headlined by Sting vs. RVD - the most watched TNA PPV broadast ever in the United Kingdom.

TNA Sacrifice, headlined by Sting vs. RVD - the most watched TNA PPV broadast ever in the United Kingdom.

But the biggest ratings news of the week is in relation to the TNA Sacrifice PPV broadcast. The event, featuring a heavily hyped Sting vs. Rob Van Dam World Title matchup drew a record 204,000 viewers, meaning TNA Sacrifice is the most watched TNA PPV ever broadcast on UK television!

Sacrifice ranked 1st overall amongst all programming on Challenge for the week, with IMPACT in second place.

TNA Xplosion, featuring a Douglas Williams vs. Okada 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 124,000 viewers and thus Xplosion falls somewhere below that figure.

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

w/e 22 May 2011

2 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2158) 197
3 IN IT TO WIN IT (TUE 2059) 154
4 BULLSEYE (MON 2332) 152
5 BULLSEYE (MON 2301) 147
8 CATCHPHRASE (TUE 1934) 138
9 CATCHPHRASE (THU 1901) 131
10 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1930) 124

WWE’s RAW, headlined by a John Cena versus Jack Swagger No Holds Barred Match posted 110,000 viewers, down a whopping 43,000 viewers from last week alone.

And of even more concern for WWE is their other flagship show “Smackdown” which saw a 51,000 viewer drop with a show which featured a Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry main event. The show drew just 81,000 viewers.

WWE’s Over the Limit Pay-Per View, airing on Sky Sports 2, drew a decent 159,000 viewers for the event headlined by a Miz/John Cena WWE Title main event.

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

Weekly Ratings Summary:

1 TNA SACRIFICE (WED, Challenge, 2200) 204,000
2 TNA IMPACT (TUE, Challenge , 2158) 197,000
3 WWE OVER THE LIMIT-LIVE (SUN , Sky Sports 2, 2500) 159,000
4 WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (MON, Sky Sport 3, 2600) 110,000
5 WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (FRI, Sky Sports 4, 2203) 81,000
6 WWE LATE NIGHT BOTTOM LINE (MON, Sky Sports 3, 2201) 57,000
7 WWE AFTERBURN (SUN, Sky Sports 4, 0900) 34,000
8 TNA Xplosion (TUE, Challenge, 2400) Under 124,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:

TNA iMPACT! – 11
WWE Smackdown – 2

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


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, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

2 Responses to TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 22nd May 2011

  1. 401,000 total viewers for Impact and Sacrifice. Superb news for TNA.

  2. pegleg5125 says:

    However we can’t seem to register for their Fantasy Game which sucks.

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