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Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling has been struggling to find its audience since switching time slots in the move to go live for Impact over the summer. The program airing one hour earlier than normal has hurt ratings, though not too terribly.
Eventually, though, Spike TV wants to see a return on its investment, as it's certainly not cheap to run a live show each week and increased ratings are the only real way to make sure it stays that way. As of yet, it seemed there was no hope for a change before the end of the Summer Series but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel after all.
That's because this past Thursday night's (July 5, 2012) episode of Impact scored a 1.0 rating for an average of 1.49 million viewers, the most since they've gone to the live format.
Perhaps it's the hype for the Destination X pay-per-view (PPV) event going down this Sunday night. After all, it looks like it will be one of the better shows this year with a solid headliner, Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode, and an undercard that has the potential for fireworks up and down the line up.
Crackhead Claire not making an appearance couldn't have hurt.
Either way, this is an encouraging sign for TNA moving forward. I wasn't the biggest fan of the show this past Thursday but many disagreed. Is this the momentum Impact needs to start seeing some serious growth?