Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and Spike TV Announce New Multi-Year Deal
Entertainment, LLC and Spike TV have announced a two-year extension of their
partnership which maintains Spike TV as the exclusive cable television home of
TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling’s weekly action athletic entertainment
series “iMPACT!” The announcement was jointly made today by Kevin
Kay, Spike TV General Manager and Dixie Carter, TNA Entertainment, LLC
President. The successful Thursday night series will expand from one to two
hours on Thursday, October 4 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT).
are excited to continue and expand our relationship with the world’s fastest
growing wrestling organization,” said Kevin Kay, General Manager, Spike
TV. “Increasing to two hours will help develop the popular stars on the
series and increase the visibility of new characters.”
growth of “iMPACT!” to two hours is certainly a benchmark that we wanted
to achieve and is an indicator of our success as we continue our relationship
with Spike TV,” said Dixie Carter, TNA President. “Throughout TNA’s
short history, its accomplishments have been a testament to all of its talent
and staff, as well as the best fans in professional wrestling.”
iMPACT!” launched on Spike TV on October 1, 2005 to an audience of 850,000
viewers. In the last few weeks, TNA has consistently drawn 1.5 million viewers,
nearly doubling its initial audience in only two years.
iMPACT!” is the only weekly wrestling show on cable television that has
seen ratings growth in 2007. “TNA iMPACT!” is averaging a 1.1 HH
rating and an average audience of 1.3 million viewers up +15% and +18% respectively.
(WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network is down -7% in HH rating
while ECW on Sci-Fi Channel is down 20% from last year).