TNA: Impact! Wrestling Inches Slightly Higher in Viewership

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IISeptember 22, 2012

Hulk Hogan in the ring on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)
Hulk Hogan in the ring on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)

With TNA's biggest pay-per-view—Bound For Glory—arriving in just weeks, Impact! Wrestling has become the focus as to what will happen next in developing story lines and matches leading up to the event.

However, Impact! Wrestling has been plagued throughout the summer with lower viewership totals thanks to a competitive Thursday night on cable television. At least for this past edition of Impact! Wrestling, TNA can potentially build on growing an audience just in time for Bound For Glory.

On Thursday, September 20, Impact! Wrestling was able to inch higher in viewership (via TV By the Numbers).

Overall, Impact! Wrestling notched in 1.34 million viewers and scored a 0.4 ratings share in Adults 18-49. The show also moved slightly higher on cable television's Top 50 chart on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the NFL with Thursday Night Football earned the No. 1 spot with 6.99 million viewers.


The biggest time of year for TNA

Bound For Glory is shaping up to be an impressive pay-per-view. First, Jeff Hardy will go for it all when he squares off with Austin Aries for the TNA Heavyweight title. Also, a triple threat tag team match between Chavo Guerrero, Hernandez, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian is set for the pay-per-view. With a few editions of Impact! Wrestling left, TNA can help its own cause by creating "can't miss" shows for viewers, especially during its biggest time of the year.

The biggest question is whether TNA will see its viewership rise in the coming weeks. The week before and after Bound For Glory should help TNA achieve higher ratings but will viewers fade off after the new developing story lines are formed? 

The main story line viewers have been watching in recent weeks is the Aces and Eights invasion of TNA. This is a golden opportunity for TNA to help leverage Impact! Wrestling by having the heel group announce that their leader will be revealed at Bound For Glory.

Some interesting things may be coming up on Impact! Wrestling before Bound For Glory.