TNA had a big match on the line-up for Thursday, with a world championship match between Eddie Edwards and Eli Drake on Impact Wrestling. But how did it fare against the rest of cable television? Not so well.
Last week, Impact pulled 359,000 viewers. This week saw a steep decrease in viewership, with a paltry 319,000 viewers tuning in–an 11% drop.
More bad news is that Impact Wrestling did not break even the top 150 programs on cable television for the night.
What does this all mean? It means that things are going from bad to worse for TNA. When you are unable to garner enough viewers to top replays of Sportscenter or even syndicated episodes of Meet the Browns, something is not only wrong, but it is approaching Defcon 5 levels of urgent for the company.
While it’s too soon to tell if Dixie Carter’s recent changes in the company’s operations will work, we will most certainly soon find out if the changes are enough to pull the company out of the gutter. If not, it’s scary to think that TNA–who was a breeding ground from great talent, and was well-received over a decade ago–may very well be heading the way of WCW in the near future.