Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ray's UK Rating's Report: Week Ending August 21st 2011

Courtesy of the Broadcaster's Audience Research Board (BARB) here are the UK TV ratings for wrestling programming that ranked in the top 10's for their respective channels on the week ending August 21st 2011:

1TNA PRESENTS IMPACT WRESTLING (Tue, Challenge , 2201)218,000
2WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Mon, Sky Sport 3, 2600)136,000
3WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Fri, Sky Sports 2, 2200)120,000
4TNA XPLOSION (Wed, Challenge, 2200)Under 136,000
5WWE AFTERBURN (Sun, Sky Sport 3, 1900)54,000
6WWE VINTAGE COLLECTION (Sun, Sky Sport 3, 1800)31,000
Despite a drop from last week, it's another impressive showing from IMPACT Wrestling on Challenge as it remains the most watched wrestling show in the UK and Ireland, a position it has held now for 20 consecutive weeks. The show garnered 218,000 viewers (down 23,000 viewers [9.5%] from last week) for the Tuesday August 16th episode (Originally aired Aug 11th on Spike in the USA) headlined by a four way bout pitting Crimson against Scott Steiner, Gunner and Bully Ray of Immortal and the subsequent post-match attack on Crimson from Kurt Angle.

WWE RAW drew 136,000 viewers (up 7,000 viewers [5.4%] from last week) for it's Monday August 15th episode which featured an Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio main event.

WWE's other flagship show, Smackdown, garnered 120,000 viewers (up 19,000 viewers [18.8%] from last week, ending a two week ratings slide.) for the Friday August 12th edition which saw Mark Henry win a 20-Man Battle Royal to become Number 1 contender to the World Title.

Here's how the total's look for the year to date since IMPACT's return to UK Television on Challenge:

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
IMPACT Wrestling – 24
WWE Smackdown – 2

*Based on first showing viewing figures, not inclusive of +1 or replay figures.

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