TNA News: Impact! Wrestling Viewership and Preview for Championship Thursday

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIDecember 16, 2012

Austin Aries on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)
Austin Aries on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)

It was a double-whammy night on Thursday for TNA Impact! Wrestling.

With NFL Thursday Night Football and the arrival of NBA basketball on TNT, Impact! Wrestling got lost in the shuffle and saw its viewership drop (via TV by the Numbers).

The Thursday, Dec.13, edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling had 1.24 million viewers, which was down from last week's show. In adults 18-49, TNA remained consistent with last week, scoring a 0.4 rating share. 

NFL Thursday Night Football took the No. 1 spot, with 5.45 million viewers, earning a 2.0 rating share in adults 18-49. NBA basketball on TNT captured the No. 2 spot, with 3.04 million viewers and a 1.4 ratings share in adults 18-49.


Will TNA See Some Breathing Room After the NFL Season Concludes?

With Thursday Night Football coming to a close, TNA should finally be able to breathe new life into its product. Despite the right moves that TNA made in 2012, viewership has been sluggish compared to the past two years.

Although the NBA on TNT has returned to cable television on Thursday night, TNA should be able to see a slight ease in competition.

With television competition slimming down with the end of Thursday Night Football, TNA has a reached the point where it needs to begin the 2013 year on a loud note.


Early Preview for the Thursday, Dec. 20, Edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling

On Thursday night, Dec. 20, TNA will present a special edition of "Championship Thursday" on Impact! Wrestling.

Below is an early preview of what will happen on Impact! Wrestling on Thursday:

  • TNA television champion Devon of Aces and Eights will square off against Kurt Angle for the title.
  • Brooke Hogan will select either Mickie James, Velvet Sky, ODB and/or Miss Tessmacher to face Tara for the TNA Knockouts championship.
  • TNA world heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy will put his title on the line when he faces Austin Aries.