Jeff Hardy wins the heavyweight title from Austin Aries, James Storm gets his revenge on Bobby Roode, the debut of King Mo Lawal on pay-per-view, and Devon revealed as the "Sgt. in Arms" of Aces and Eights at Bound for Glory and TNA didn't break ratings records for the following episode of Impact Wrestling? Really?
Yes, really. Really, really.
Last night's (Oct. 18, 2012) episode of Impact Wrestling scored just a 1.0 rating and an average of 1.25 million viewers for the two-hour show on Spike TV. That's the lowest for a post-Bound for Glory (BFG) episode in the last five years.
In fact, last year's post-BFG show did a record 2.02 million viewers.
There are obvious differences to consider when factoring in this year's rating. The MLB playoffs on FOX did six million viewers for the San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals game. Plus, the NFL Network had a Thursday Night Football game pitting the San Francisco 49ers against the Seattle Seahawks, which won the entire night on cable with seven million viewers.
Last year, TNA faced no competition from the NFL at this time.
Still, the number is extremely disappointing for a show generally considered the biggest of the year. But, as Nolan The Colon pointed out to you earlier, this was a terribly weak effort by the company to do anything interesting to give any incentive to stick around to those who did bother to tune in. The Aces and Eights angle has jumped the shark and whatever life they could have injected into it with a big reveal was sucked out when Devon was brought back as the so-called "Sgt. in Arms." It's obvious they're trying to keep our attention for the ultimate reveal of who is actually in charge and running the stable but if no one is around for it, will it be a big reveal at all?
With so much focus being paid to an angle that isn't getting over in front of a dead crowd in the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, it's no real surprise the ratings are suffering. At this point, it's hard to imagine TNA has any hope of turning things around anytime soon.