Rough week this week in Pro Wrestling. Both Raw and TNA Impact score low television ratings.
Last week we reported on Rant Sports that Monday Night Raw scored its lowest rating since going to 3 hours. It was up against The Green Bay Packers vs The Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Once again Raw scores a similarly low rating as it did a week ago scoring around the 2.5 range (Mainly due to the Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys game). However, Raw isn’t the only one in the “low ratings bed” as TNA Impact is sharing that dubious distinction with them as well.
This week, TNA Thursday Impact scores its lowest rating of the year. Thursday’s show did a 0.84 rating with just over 1 million viewers, which is the lowest rated show for the whole year and down around 20% from the previous week.
This is very alarming, mainly because TNA‘s flagship pay per view, Bound for Glory, is a little over a week away live on Pay Per View Sunday October 14th 2012. This is TNA‘s version of Wrestlemania and to score ratings this low on a program, that is supposed to drive you the viewer into ordering it, then they must resort to a different method of programming.
Both Raw and Impact are effected by the affects of NFL Football, since now Thursday Night Football is a staple on the NFL Network to kick off the football week. In addition, Thursdays are traditionally a dominate television night especially this season with 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The office on NBC and the X-Factor on Fox. With line ups like this, you can see why TNA ratings easily struggle. However, this isn’t a mystery going into the fall season of which Bound For Glory falls right into the lap of that.
TNA has a vital opportunity next week to give us the show that makes us hit that interactive button on our remotes. If TNA doesn’t deliver once again, then the Thursday Night Impact Rating numbers will not be the only numbers that will be hurting. Buy Rates will show this as well, and that is something that no nationally broadcasted wrestling company should every want.
Keep in mind, this is Bound For Glory 10. This show needs to be bigger than life.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports