TNA: Impact! Wrestling Struggles in Its Final Episode Before Bound for Glory

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIOctober 13, 2012

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan gestures to the audience during his Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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It was quite a disappointing night for TNA Wrestling.

After nearly dipping below one million viewers last week, this past Thursday's edition of Impact! Wrestling struggled, as its final show before Bound for Glory saw a minor rise in viewership (via TV By the Numbers).

With the vice presidential debate and NFL Thursday Night Football airing on television Thursday night, Impact! Wrestling was left near the bottom of cable television's top 50 list.

TNA Impact! Wrestling had just 1.11 million viewers, a disappointing figure leading into its biggest pay-per-view of the year, Bound for Glory. In Adults 18-49, Impact! Wrestling scored just a 0.3 ratings share.

On cable television Thursday night, Thursday Night Football was ranked No. 1 on cable television with 5.65 million viewers. Meanwhile, the vice presidential debate took the spotlight, averaging over 51 million viewers.


My Quick Take on Impact! Wrestling's Viewership

TNA is at a point where it must address its viewership direction. Impact! Wrestling, despite a better product and being live, has just not been able to find its groove. Its new time slot on Thursday nights has not seen any sort of benefit just yet.

With the Thursday, October 11 edition of Impact! Wrestling being the final stop before its Bound for Glory pay-per-view, TNA must be extremely disappointed with the show's lack of positive viewership movement heading into its biggest event this Sunday.

It will be very interesting to see what kind of decisions TNA will make going forward after Bound for Glory. Although TNA does not seem to be in a desperation mode just yet, more viewership totals like this past edition of Impact! Wrestling may trigger officials to begin switching the current format of the show. Next week's Impact! Wrestling viewership numbers should truly tell the tale on whether there is any sort of fan interest in the product.

All eyes will be on what happens next at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view, as viewers may get a glimpse of where TNA is heading in the future.