– Last week’s TNA iMPACT drew a 1.1 rating with 1.6 million viewers. Although it’s slightly down from last week’s overall viewership, there is some good news for those who are fans of TNA’s wrestling but not their story lines. The highest rated segment of the night went to the Booker T & Scott Steiner vs. Petey Williams & Eric Young match. The main event match between Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles drew a 1.15 rating, which was the second highest rated segment. In addition to the Angle/A.J. main event pulling the second highest rating of the evening, it also strayed from the trend of TNA losing viewers for the latter part of the show. Both matches were longer-than-usual for an episode of iMPACT, and may indicate that fans want to see more actual wrestling on the show.
– By a landslide, TNA Wrestling’s flagship television program “iMPACT!” was named 2008’s “Worst Television Show” in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. The program won this dubious award last year as well. Here is the final voter tally:
1. TNA iMPACT 520
2. Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling 43
3. WWE ECW 41
4. WWE Raw 34
5. AAA 11
6. WWE Smackdown 10
– TNA Knockouts Angelina Love and Velvet Sky appeared on the Saturday morning UK program Soccer AM this past week promoting TNA’s show at Wembley Arena. The Beautiful People were named honorary “Soccerettes” due to their appearance on the show.
– The TNA house show at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles, Ohio has been moved to April 26th. This is the second date change for this event. It was originally scheduled for March 13th, then got changed to April 23rd.
– TNA Wrestling was named “Worst Promotion of the Year” in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. It beat out defunct MMA promotion Elite XC, which ceased operations this past October. TNA won this dubious award last year as well. Here is the final voter tally:
WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
1. TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION 404
2. Elite XC 232
3. All Japan Pro Wrestling 36
4. World Wrestling Entertainment 34
5. Inoki Genome Federation 19
IWA Mid South 19
7. Hustle Fighting Opera 18
8. AAA 16