Below are some visual charts comparing 2011 ratings to 2012 ratings. You can click on the thumbnail for a larger view.
Below is chart comparing the year to year average rating for Impact Wrestling from 2006 through 2012.
Facts About This Year's TNA Impact Wrestling Ratings:
- Impact has not had this many episodes that drew less than a 1.1 since 2007.
- Impact has not had this many episodes that drew less than a 1.0 since 2006.
- Impact has not had a year-to-year rating average this low since 2006.
- Impact Wrestling lost an average of 13% of it's Nielson ratings number in 2012.
- Impact Wrestling lost an average of 19% of it's entire viewer demographic in 2012.
- Impact rating dropped on the very first episode that was not written by Vince Russo. The first episode written solely by new creative team of Bruce Prichard, Dave Lagana and crew fell from a 1.19 to a 1.0 rating.
- Vince Russo's highest impact rating of the year was a 1.35. The new creative team's highest impact rating in 2012 was a 1.15 rating.
- Impact lost almost 17.8% of its viewers in just 7 episodes after Russo left the company.
- Impact in 2012 had only 9 episodes out of the year that drew a 1.1 or greater rating. 6 out of the 9 episodes were written by Vince Russo.
- April 12 - May 3 episodes of Impact, TNA had their first consecutive episodes of Impact Wrestling that scored less than a 1.0 rating since the Monday Night Wars of 2010. This string of episodes did not compete against the NFL, No SpikeTV blackout on Time Warner Cable and didn't compete against any new shows.
Impact scored a higher rating during the first episode against NFL Thursday night football than the previous week without NFL competition. September 6 episode drew a 0.94 rating. September 13 episode against the NFL drew a 0.97 rating. The second week of NFL competition Impact drew a 1.01 rating. Higher than the first week of the two shows competing in the same time slot.
The last few episodes of Impact Wrestling in 2012 did not compete against NFL's Thursday night football and still failed to score anything higher than a 0.99 rating.
The Debate On The 8pm Timeslot Continues:
The debate on how the 8pm timeslot starting in May 31 continues. There is evidence supporting both sides of the debate. Most Impact shows before May 31 scored a 1.0 rating an above which is still below the average rating for Impact Wrestling. On the other hand, 4 out of 22 episodes of Impact Wrestling before the time change scored less than a 1.0 rating.
The Silver Lining Of Impact Moving To 8pm:
While some may say that the nail on the coffin was the move to 8pm starting May 31 2012, SpikeTV did increase on average 20-28% during the timeslot change. During the first few weeks of the year, UFC Unleashed was still being aired sporadically on the 8pm timeslot followed by a steady rotation of re-run Spike branded reality shows. The move to 8pm may not have been a major relief that some Impact fans were hoping for but it clearly has helped SpikeTV's bottom line when it comes to the prime time slot.
Special thanks go out to forum member Christian Parazulli for compiling most of the data used in this news bit.