TNA News: Did Impact! Wrestling See a Rise in Viewership?

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IINovember 4, 2012

Bully Ray. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)
Bully Ray. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)

Total Nonstop Action (TNA) received a bit of good news following its Thursday broadcast of Impact! Wrestling.

For TNA, the good news was that its Thursday, November 1 edition of Impact! Wrestling saw a jump in viewership this week (via TV By the Numbers).

Impact! Wrestling landed 1.24 million viewers, which is an improvement from last week's viewership totals. In adults between the ages of 18 and 49, Impact! Wrestling scored a 0.4 rating share, which was the exact number it saw on last week's edition. 

NFL Thursday Night Football once again secured the No. 1 spot on cable television with 4.79 million viewers and a 2.0 rating share in adults who are between 18 and 49. Meanwhile, Impact! Wrestling remained lower on cable television's Top 50 list for Thursday night.


Is this the new norm for TNA Wrestling?

TNA has really been unable to see a major rise or drop in viewership. For weeks, the show has remained consistent with its viewership numbers. It has become almost expected for Impact! Wrestling to land between 1.0 and 1.2 million viewers. These numbers are more than likely below TNA Wrestling expectations.

The tough television competition on Thursday night could easily be blamed because you could say it is causing TNA to be put on the back burner. In some cases, this is true. However, considering that Impact! Wrestling is live and features an improved product with a catchy storyline like Aces and Eights, TNA would enjoy some pretty decent numbers by now. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.  

Instead, TNA is hardly moving anywhere, and with its third time slot change in two years, TNA must remain loyal to its current programming. Desperation moves could hurt the company in the long run.

TNA's best shot at grabbing more viewers is with Aces and Eights. That has the potential to catch fire at any time with viewers. With a large group, TNA could reveal a few more names that people can associate with. Two people who have been revealed thus far are Devon and Luke Gallows.

Let's also not forget that the show is still being produced at the Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. If TNA really wants to see its product truly grow, the show must hit the road more often.