UPDATE: According to sources, “one of the many
reasons” for the move absolutely has to with the additional competition on
Thursdays, which is becoming a popular night for TV again. Numerous people
within the television industry say Thursday night’s are extremely tough as far
as competition is concerned and it’s only going to get worse come this fall with
season premieres, etc.
The decision for the move was reportedly made within the past few
days and the first edition of TNA iMPACT! Wrestling on Wednesday will air next
week, August 20th on Spike TV.
It’s a fair point; in addition to the NFL games on CBS, Thursdays
will The Blacklist on NBC starting in February and FOX’s anticipated Gracepoint
starting in October, all of which are expected to draw from the same demographic
as iMPACT! relies on. There are also rumors that WWE SmackDown may be moving to
Thursday night’s in the near future as well.
ORIGINAL: TNA has announced that iMPACT!
Wrestling will be moving to Wednesday nights starting on August 20th. The show
will air at 9PM ET. The move comes as rumors swirl that WWE SmackDown will be
moving to Thursday nights, putting iMPACT! in a tough spot of having to compete
with SmackDown. Seems as if they have made a proactive move to avoid going
head-to-head with WWE.
The show, of course, is in the middle of negotiations with
SpikeTV. The good news on this is that the show will no longer be up against the
NFL pre-season games or any during the season, should iMPACT! be renewed. Of
course, day switches always take a short time for audiences to readjust, so some
early drops may occur.
Here is TNA’s announcement:
IMPACT WRESTLING MOVING TO WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 9/8C ON
SPIKE TV BEGINNING NEXT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2014) – TNA today announced
its flagship program, IMPACT WRESTLING, will make a permanent move to Wednesday
nights at 9/8c on SPIKE TV beginning next Wednesday, Aug. 20.
“Moving IMPACT WRESTLING to Wednesday nights gives existing fans
and new viewers an opportunity to enjoy both wrestling and live sports even more
throughout the week,” said TNA President Dixie Carter.
IMPACT WRESTLING has enjoyed sustained ratings growth this summer,
drawing over 1.5 million viewers each week this quarter, and is among the most
watched cable series in key male demos in its timeslot.