The National Football League (NFL) is a juggernaut, one that can draw ratings for basically any show it provides even moderate hype for. When it comes to an institution like the annual NFL Draft, however, the drawing power reaches a level most major sports can only dream of.
Consider: Last night (May 8, 2014), the first round of this year's Draft was held, airing on ESPN and the NFL Network, and did 9.94 and 2.43 million viewers, respectively, for each channel.
This means, of course, that TNA felt the brunt of this with its latest episode of Impact, featuring MVP turning heel on Eric Young to set up the main event of Slammiversary next month. The show, which was actually a solid outing for TNA, a fairly entertaining two hour program, failed to register in the top 100 for the evening in the coveted 18-49-year-old male demographic.
The good news, at least, is the show still managed to average 1.06 million viewers, despite the aforementioned Draft and the NBA Playoffs.
For complete results and the live blog from Impact click here, and for a full review of the show from Cageside Live click here.