Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Ray's UK Rating's Report: Week Ending September 4th 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 September 4th 2011:

1TNA PRESENTS IMPACT WRESTLING (Sun, Challenge , 2102)180,000
2WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Mon, Sky Sports 3, 2600)153,000
3WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Fri, Sky Sports 4, 2200)72,000
4TNA XPLOSION (Wed, Challenge, 2200)Under 119,000
5WWE LATE NIGHT SUPERSTARS (Sat, Sky Sports 4, 2301)38,000
6WWE LATE NIGHT BOTTOM LINE (Mon, Sky Sports 3, 2202)35,000
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. The show garnered 180,000 viewers (down 14,000 viewers from last week) for the Sunday September 4th episode (Originally aired Thursday Sep 1st on Spike in the USA) which saw IMPACT Wrestling on the road in Huntsville, AL and a show headlined by a huge Sting vs. Kurt Angle World Heavyweight Title match.

WWE RAW rebounded from last weeks big viewership dropdrawing 153,000 viewers (up 52,000 viewers from last week) for it's Monday August 29th "RAW Supershow" episode which featured John Cena & Sheamus vs. Christian and Mark Henry as well as the revelation that Triple H would face CM Punk at the Night of Champions PPV.

WWE's other flagship show, Smackdown, garnered 72,000 viewers (down 25,000 viewers from last week) for the Friday September 2nd edition which was headlined by a Randy Orton vs. Christian Steel Cage match for the World Heavyweight 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 – 26
WWE Smackdown – 2

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

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