UPDATE #2: – WWE Monday night RAW scored a 3.6 rating Monday night, the same rating as last week. The show did hours of 3.51 and 3.73, with hour one doing 5,441,000 viewers and hour two ding 5,773,000.
- TNA IMPACT! scored a 1.5 rating, the first hour did a 1.69 and 2,536,000 million viewers. The second and third hour did a 1.33 average and 2,034,00 viewers. The five-minute overrun scored a 1.26 rating, with 2.2 million viewers.
- The January 2nd edition of WWE AM Raw scored a 1.4 rating, which is one of the show’s best ratings ever.
UPDATE: TNA iMPACT! did a 1.5 rating as previously reported. The show did hours of 1.7, 1.4 and 1.2. TNA was very happy with the numbers, even though it isn’t good that they dropped from hour to hour. But that was expected.
There is no number for RAW yet, but with the 5.6 million viewers the show did, the rating should be a 3.7 or 3.8. The feeling is that TNA cost WWE a half-point in the ratings, maybe more. The strong first hour for TNA carried over to the second.
After the segment with Hogan, Hall, Waltman, Nash and Bischoff there was a significant drop in the numbers, as many people turned into RAW.
At this point it seems like a lock that TNA will run Monday nights again due to the strong rating they drew last night and the buzz that TNA now has. It could be very good for the business to have TNA air Monday nights and TNA on Mondays may become permanent.
ORIGINAL: – TNA iMPACT! drew a 1.5 rating with 2.2 million viewers, easily a new ratings record for TNA. iMPACT! peaked with 2.9 million viewers for the 9PM to 9:15PM ET segment which featured Hulk Hogan. That segment went head to head with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels on RAW. TNA’s previous record high rating was a 1.33 with 1.97 million viewers, so Monday night’s rating beat their record by over 200,000 viewers.
RAW drew 5.6 million viewers, its highest viewership since August 24th (the night after Summerslam).
The combined Monday night wrestling audience of 7.8 million viewers is obviously the highest it has been in a very long time.