The January 17th episode of IMPACT Wrestling had an audience of 1.6 million viewers (up significantly from last week's 1.3 million viewers). The show was heavily promoted around the wedding of Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan. The show scored a 1.15 rating.
I think it's just a sign of the times. WWE has been hovering around 2-3 ratings with SD! and RAW. WCW and WWF both used to split nearly 10 nielsen points (WWF had 6s while WCW had 2s SIMULCAST (Both shows on at same time)). RAW is now unopposed, yet instead of having a rating of 6-10, it's down to 3-4.
Of course they altered the nielsen a few years back, so it's actually higher than the actual number (TNA's 1.1 ratings are usually 1.6 million viewers).
But I don't think TNA can get past its 1.2 ratings anymore than WWE can get past it's 3.2 ratings.
I remember when it was Nitro 4.5 and RAW 1.9, I'll never forget the reaction that week.
Crazy days, sure miss WCW, wrestling sucks without it.
The reason why we don't get fresh ideas and promotions rising in American Pro Wrestling is because the majority of the community is happy with the same old shit and will reject any chance of change. There is a risk in doing new things, 9 times out of 10, it leads to 50+ pages of bitching and moaning. While business gets turned into a dictatorship and more and more out of touch. Support the indies, support New Pro Wrestling.
Keep putting on good TV, making a profit and trying out new ideas. Unfortunately for as long as WWE's product sucks, interest in wrestling is going to be way down. Most people who watch WWE and aren't impressed by what they see simply stop watching rather than seek an alternative.
Not sure what you meant by WWF had 6s while WCW had 2s. WCW beat WWF in ratings 88 straight weeks when wrestling was at its best. If I'm misunderstanding your wording, please correct me.
You're talking about the height of the Monday night Wars, I'm talking about just before the merger. WCW had fallen to 2s (Which is still justifiable to keep, if AOL/TW suits weren't biased against the product) and WWE had begun to rise well above 4s.
I don't know how many times this bullshit has to be asked but the answer is obvious.. TNA's rating CANNOT and WILL NOT improve while TNA are running with Spike TV.
Spike are unwilling to pour in the money required in marketing to maintain a higher audience & TV rating. There's not a specific name in pro-wrestling that could make any difference to TNAs ratings in the long term. They have Hogan/Sting/Hardy/Angle/RVD & many other recognisable wrestling names. Its the Network thats the problem not TNAs writing.