Early Ratings News


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Credit: PWInsider.com

We don't have the final numbers yet, but it is believed that last night's edition of TNA Impact drew around a 1.50 rating and averaged 2.20 million viewers over the course of three hours, which would make it TNA's most watched broadcast to date.

Impact peaked with 2.90 million viewers for the 9:00 to 9:15 p.m. EST quarter-hour with Hulk Hogan's debut opposite WWE RAW opening with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.

TNA's previous high rating was a 1.33 rating and 1.97 million viewers on the April 2nd Impact prior to WWE's Wrestlemania weekend.
That is actually pretty fucking good news for TNA. So not quite the huge victory that WWE would have anticipated.


Sultan of Swat
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Here in Canada Raw starts at 9:15 so I was able to watch the debut of Hogan and the Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels segments.

This is good news for TNA, but if they got this many viewers Raw probably got 5.0 in my opinion.


I am the woolrus
WOW. That's great news.

I'm sure high TNA ratings won't impact on WWE's ratings though, and vice-versa. There was probably a lot of channel changing going on that inflated both show's numbers. Even still, i'm sure just getting a high rating was the aim for TNA tonight, not making a dent in RAW's rating. Hopefully enough people were impressed with the show to keep watching, and i'm sure if Jeff can stick around for a while that'll bring the ratings up even more.

I haven't been able to see the whole of Monday's Impact yet unfortunately, but what i have seen is pretty entertaining. And most of it is from the first hour of the show, which was meant to have been the worst! Hopefully the rest will be uploaded soon enough...

Edit: I'm also surprised they got such a high rating considering their repeating the live Impact this Thursday. It'll be interesting to see how many people tune into that. If that's a healthy figure too then that's a really good sign. Shows that a lot of people into TNA might have missed it on the Monday, showing there's more of an audience out there. Or that it was so good people came back for seconds! :p
Ratings are in!

Monday's 3-hour live edition of TNA iMPACT! featuring the debut of Hulk Hogan drew an impressive 1.5 cable rating. The show had an average viewership of 2.2 million, making it the most watched episode of iMPACT! in history.
The hourly ratings were 1.7, 1.4 and 1.2. The highest rated quarter hour of the show was the start of hour 2, featuring the debut of Hulk Hogan. The segment, which went head-to-head against Bret Hart's return to WWE television, drew a 1.9 rating.
That's pretty awesome, the fact that the segment going head to head with Hart's return came so close to a 2.0 is really impressive. Shame the rating kind of dwindled towards the end, as Angle vs AJ Styles was meant to be a fantastic match (haven't been able to see it yet). Still to have a 1.2 as the lowest part of the show is still very very good.
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Sultan of Swat
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They did, but a lot of the fans that watched TNA were probably watching WWE as well at the same time like I was. For the most part I watched WWE, but during commercials I flipped on TNA.

But it is good to see TNA get good ratings, maybe this will help make WWE better for the viewers.


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By Mike Johnson on 2010-01-05 18:13:32 While we have not gotten the number confirmed via our usual ratings source, the word making the way around the TNA taping in Orlando right now is that last night's three hour Impact special scored a 1.5 rating. The company is absolutely ecstatic as SpikeTV executives were hoping the special would at least bring over the regular Impact audience. Obviously, they did way more than that.
We will have more on the rating
TNA officials seem happy so if they are then thats all that matters. Hogan was making it sound like he thought they'd get 2.0...that was unrealistic.


Sultan of Swat
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It is a big increase which is good for the company. But next Monday will be the true test, we'll see if they'll be able to go above it, or maintain it. If they go below it, then we'll see that they didn't really like the product that TNA had to offer.