TNA received some good news after its huge broadcast of Impact! Wrestling this past Thursday.
On its post Bound for Glory pay-per-view show on Thursday night, Impact! Wrestling was able to see a jump in viewership (via TV By the Numbers). The October 18 edition of Impact! Wrestling had 1.25 million viewers, up slightly from last week. In Adults 18-49, Impact! Wrestling scored a 0.4 ratings share. Impact! Wrestling was able to rise higher on Cable Television's Top 50 list after nearly being left off last week.
However, TNA was up against NFL Thursday Night Football, which earned the No. 1 spot on Cable Television's Top 50 list with 7.02 million viewers, and the MLB playoffs on FOX.
Quick Reaction to Impact! Wrestling's Rating
I found that this post-Bound for Glory show was important to watch because of the direction the company is taking moving forward. It was a pretty decent show, to say the least, and in what could have been a terrible night for TNA, its viewership actually increased slightly. Still, the benefits of being live and having a new time slot have not come into play yet. The next big move for TNA is to get out of the Impact! Zone and begin airing their show in bigger venues.
Was Devon the Right Selection for Aces and Eights?
After watching Impact! Wrestling, I believe TNA made a gutsy but correct decision to go with Devon to be one of the leaders of Aces and Eights. Devon and TNA had people fooled, thinking he was no longer with the company. Instead, Devon shocked wrestling fans when he was revealed at Bound for Glory to be one of the members of Aces and Eights.
Since becoming a singles wrestler, this new gig for Devon is the biggest of his career. If booked correctly, Devon could be used effectively on television. He got his first big test when he opened Impact! Wrestling and fought Sting in the main event.
Devon looked determined and spoke passionately on the microphone when he opened Impact! Wrestling. Devon's opening promo was entertaining to watch and most importantly, he was able to draw a loud chorus of boos with the audience in the Impact! Zone.
As for Aces and Eights, having Devon be one of the its leaders helps the group in many ways. TNA has all the tools to pull a few more series of shocks on viewers by introducing another recognizable character to join Devon.