Since January 5 of this year, TNA’s flagship wrestling program, “Impact,” has aired on POP TV on Tuesday nights. However, since “Smackdown” will begin to air on the same night later this month, many officials are concerned that “Impact” could see a huge drop in ratings.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio yesterday that there is serious talk amongst both TNA and POP TV officials to move “Impact” to Thursday Nights. Nothing has been confirmed at this point.
“Impact” has gone through a fair share of different time slots and networks over the past few years. The show first aired on Spike TV back in 2005 on Saturday nights, before moving to Thursdays in April 2006. They briefly moved to Mondays in 2010 and Wednesdays in 2014 before airing on Friday nights on Destination America, beginning in 2015. After moving to Wednesdays in June of that year, “Impact” finally settled on Tuesday nights on POP TV this year.
This would be an incredibly smart move for TNA. Coming off the momentum of the recent “Final Deletion” match between Matt and Jeff Hardy, the company could use this momentum to build their product and attract new viewers. Having the show on the same night as a WWE show would be catastrophic in this endeavor, and the company should move nights as quickly as possible after “Smackdown” moves to Tuesdays.