If Monday Night Raw's viewership is going to be affected by the NBA Playoffs, featuring the exciting back-and-forth Eastern Conference Final series between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, you just know TNA Impact is going to get it much, much worse.
And that's exactly what happened for last night's (May 30, 2013) episode.
Impact, a taped show from Tampa, Florida, scored a 0.83 rating and an average of just 1.02 million viewers. Viewership hasn't been that low in some three years, dating all the way back to when the show moved to Monday nights in a lame attempt to compete with WWE and recreate the Monday night wars.
It's a shame too, because this was the go home show to the Slammiversary pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for this Sunday night in Boston, Massachusetts, just one of four live PPV shows the company will run this year.
There was a perfect storm conspiring against the number, though. This was the first show since moving back to the 9 p.m. ET start time, which no doubt hurt the rating. It was also up against the aforementioned Heat vs. Pacers game, which drew a monster number averaging 8.5 million viewers for TNT.
The show itself wasn't bad at all but they were always going to draw a smaller number in a situation like this. What remains to be seen is how the show will recover in the coming weeks back in its old time slot.