TNA News: Impact! Wrestling Rises in Viewership on Final Episode of 2012

Daniel Peragine@DPMajesticCoSenior Analyst IIDecember 29, 2012

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

It was certainly a good way for TNA Wrestling to end its 2012 year.

With 2012 being a year of transition for TNA, its flagship show, Impact! Wrestling, is heading into 2013 with positive momentum to build on. The final episode of Impact! Wrestling in 2012 notched a viewership increase (via TV By the Numbers).

The Thursday edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling landed 1.33 million viewers. This past edition of Impact! Wrestling represented a rise in viewership from the Thursday, December 20 show which had 1.27 million viewers.

In adults 18-49, Impact! Wrestling scored a 0.4 ratings share, which was right in line with last week's edition. On Thursday night, NBA Basketball and Impractical Jokers scored the No. 1 spot in original programming on cable television with a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49. 


TNA heads into 2013 with an upbeat look:

With NFL Thursday Night Football no longer dominating cable television, Impact! Wrestling finally has some room to bring in higher viewership numbers. With Sting set to return on the January 3 edition of Impact! Wrestling, TNA could be getting off to a good start in 2013. Certainly, the final edition of Impact! Wrestling closed out 2012 with a positive light heading into the future.

Briefly looking back into 2012, TNA went through a few changes with its product. In 2012, the show's quality took a new creative turn, as its product was indeed an improvement over the past few years.

Another exciting aspect for TNA in 2012 was that it went live for most of the year, although this included a time slot change. A final change TNA addressed was its pay-per-views. TNA had some memorable pay-per-views in 2012, delivering some memorable moments from its biggest events including Slammiversary and Bound For Glory.

With 2012 nearing its end, the company has much to build on in 2013. Perhaps it will complete the puzzle by moving Impact! Wrestling out of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Only time will tell on what may occur in 2013.