Talk about starting off 2014 on a high note.
TNA Impact! Wrestling, which struggled throughout 2013 with poor ratings and a declining audience both on television screens and at arenas, has seemed to turn the page quite quickly as of late with a new look product and stronger investment in its younger talents.
Meanwhile, for Sting, who appeared to have wrestled his last match in TNA this past Thursday night on the second part of the Genesis-themed show, sure did his part to leave on a high note.
The Thursday, January 23 edition of TNA Genesis, which aired from Huntsville, Ala., saw its viewership spike to the highest level in nearly more than a year. On Thursday night, Genesis landed a total of 1.55 million viewers, including a 0.5 rating share in adults 18-49.
Elsewhere on Thursday night, History Channel's Pawn Stars took home the No. 1 and 2 slots on cable television.
Can TNA maintain its viewership heading into next week?
TNA has seemed to finally find its groove since putting 2013 behind it by making rapid changes for the better. These changes, which have created a new awareness surrounding its product, include slotting a massive push for introducing younger stars hungry to make their mark in professional wrestling, starting clean and creating intriguing storylines for viewers to keep their television sets on.
Despite Dixie Carter's poorer-than-average acting job in the early stages, the TNA president has been able to fit much more comfortably in her new role as the biggest heel boss by drawing massive heat wherever the company performs. Her new heel stable, led by World Heavyweight champion Magnus, has also come along nicely on television in recent weeks.
With a roster full of young talent, assisted by a few household names such as Kurt Angle, TNA has finally created the right mix for long-term success. Although Sting may have added some spice in the company's viewership spike on Thursday night, TNA's future looks extremely promising, as the company's biggest goal is to not only maintain its ratings but grow them over time.