After a solid start to the new year in terms of viewership, TNA slid backward on this past Thursday night's edition of Impact! Wrestling.
Despite another show from Manchester, England, Impact! Wrestling saw a drop in viewership (via TV By the Numbers).
The Thursday, Feb. 7 edition of Impact! Wrestling had 1.41 million viewers, which represented a decline from last week's program. In adults 18-49, Impact! Wrestling scored a 0.4 rating.
Unfortunately, the sluggish viewership from Impact! Wrestling hurt Spike TV, as Bellator MMA Live had just 807,000 viewers and failed to make cable television's Top 50 list.
Meanwhile, MTV's Buckwild took the No. 1 spot on cable television's Top 50 list. Buckwild had 2.71 million viewers and scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49.
My Quick Take
Although the viewership numbers hurt this past week, TNA should still be feeling confident on where the company is heading in the future. With just a few weeks left before Impact! Wrestling heads on the road for good, TNA is at its break-or-make moment. With a better overall television product than in past years and having an arena atmosphere rather airing from the Impact! Zone, TNA should have plenty to look forward to in the future.
However, this all remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the atmosphere in the United Kingdom should provide a little taste on where Impact! Wrestling is heading by going on the road.
Jeff Hardy Signs New Deal with TNA Wrestling
TNA President Dixie Carter, who appeared on Bellator MMA Live, announced that the company had signed World Heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy to a new long-term contract. Hardy is set to return to TNA television on the Thursday, Feb. 28 edition of Impact! Wrestling.
This was a good signing by TNA, as Hardy has played a huge role since joining the company back in 2010. Although terms of the contract were not revealed, having Hardy agree to a long-term deal gives TNA more time to help boost its product and could point to a longer championship reign.
TNA Announces More Dates for Impact! Wrestling
After years of producing its flagship show at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., TNA is taking the next step by leaving the Impact! Zone. With TNA taking Impact! Wrestling on the road permanently, beginning on March 14 in Chicago, Ill., the company has released more locations on where its flagship show will air live in the future.
Below are the upcoming dates on where Impact! Wrestling will be aired from:
- March 14: Chicago, Ill. at the Sears Centre Arena
- March 28: Jonesboro, Ariz. at the Arkansas State University Convention Center
- April 11: Corpus Christi, Texas at the American Bank Center
- June 6: Duluth, Ga. at the Gwinnett Center