— ORIGINAL: Thursday night’s episode of iMPACT! Wrestling drew 1.25 million viewers, down 6% from the 1.32 million the Hardcore Justice-themed episode did last week. The show drew a 0.4 rating in the 18 – 49 demo, down a tenth from last week.
The full rating should come in later today.
UPDATE: The rating for Thursday’s “Hardcore Justice” episode of iMPACT! Wrestling was down 13% from the prior week before as the show drew a 0.85 (0.9) cable rating. Last week’s show drew a 0.98 (1.0) cable rating for the first week of “Hardcore Justice.”
Thursday’s rating marks as the program’s lowest score since an episode that aired on the Fourth of July. For an episode that didn’t air on a holiday, it was the lowest rating since May 30 when iMPACT! change timeslots.
Viewership was down 5% as iMPACT! averaged 1,246,000 viewers compared to 1,320,000 the week before.
— Madison Rayne, who was released from her TNA Wrestling contract last month—she initially announced on Twitter that her contract had expired, but subsequently stated in a blog explaining her departure that she was released—posted a message on Twitter on Friday promoting next Thursday’s live iMPACT! Wrestling emanating from her home state of Ohio.
“Hey CLEVELAND!… @IMPACTWRESTLING LIVE is coming your way next Thursday, 8/29!” she wrote. “Show them how crazy my fellow Buckeyes can get!!! O-H..”
Rayne has said that she is due to give birth within the next few weeks and plans to continue wrestling in the future.