When TNA President Dixie Carter announced that Impact Wrestling would begin airing on the road permanently beginning in March, it was welcome news for the wrestling industry.
2013 appears to be TNA Wrestling's golden year, as Impact Wrestling has remained on the higher end of viewership numbers thus far. This past edition of Impact Wrestling was no different, as the show had another week of solid viewership (via TV By the Numbers).
The Thursday, Jan. 31 edition of Impact Wrestling, which aired from Manchester, England, had 1.58 million viewers. In adults 18-49, Impact Wrestling scored a 0.6 rating share. The viewership totals for this week were almost exactly the same as the Thursday, Jan. 24 edition, which saw the show land 1.57 million viewers and a 0.5 rating share in adults 18-49.
Considering all the important steps TNA is taking at the moment, the company is positioning its flagship show to see tremendous success in 2013. Carter's announcement certainly did not disappoint, as TNA is completely pulling away from the Impact Zone by taking its show on the road for good. This could create a much better television product simply because the show is no longer at a sound stage in Orlando, Florida.
The wrestling industry needed TNA to step up its performance to generate new excitement. This past Thursday's show from the United Kingdom showed viewers just how much more exciting their television product would be if it were on the road. Carter ended that speculation by delivering quite possibly the company's most important announcement in its history.
In terms of viewership, TNA should remain pleased to see that it is not only generating consistent numbers but also that it is slowly growing towards that two-million mark. With the company heading on the road with Impact Wrestling shortly, TNA, along with Spike TV, could have plenty to smile about in 2013.