TNA scored a 1.1 rating in their debut on Thursday evenings on Spike TV. The show did great numbers among Male viewers, as they captured a 1.4 rating among Males 18-49 and a 1.5 among Males 18-13.
TNA officials have great reason to celebrate. The episode was the most watched TNA Impact ever on Spike TV. Among cable networks, TNA was the top rated show in the 11 PM hour among Males in both the 18-49 and 25-34 demographics. Among Males 18-34, TNA came in second, trailing the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup.
In all, a total 1.3 million viewers watched TNA’s debut on Thursday, which was highlighted by Sting’s return to the ring, the debut of Matt Hyson as Brother Runt and his reunion with Team 3D, and Samoa Joe regaining the X-Division championship from rival Christopher Daniels in a PPV caliber match.
For those wondering how TNA fared in comparison with their UFC lead ins, UFC Unleashed at 9 PM scored a 1.0 rating with 1.2 million viewers tuning in. The second episode of the Ultimate Fighter reality series (featuring Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz as coaches) scored a 1.3 (down from last week’s 2.0) with 1.7 million viewers total.