Recent viewership estimates for iMPACT Wrestling on Challenge TV in the United Kingdom are now available. The estimates show that the flagship show for iMPACT Wrestling continues to be the most watched professional wrestling program in the United Kingdom and the top rated program for Challenge TV.
The episode of iMPACT Wrestling that aired on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 was estimated to have approximately 297,000 viewers. This estimate is an increase of about 66,000 viewers from the prior week’s episode, which brought in about 231,000 viewers.
By comparison, WWE’s Monday Night RAW aired on Monday, August 1, 2011 and had approximately 129,000 viewers on Sky Sports 3. Smackdown aired on Friday, August 5, 2011 and had approximately 126,000 viewers – also on Sky Sports 3.
Here is what I find interesting about the numbers for the week ending August 6, 2011 (August 7, 2011 across the pond). Not only did iMPACT Wrestling bring in more than double the viewers of both RAW and Smackdown, but in order to bring WWE programming up to the same viewership level as TNA Entertainment programming, you’d have to add the viewership estimates for RAW (129,000 viewers), Smackdown (126,000 viewers), Experience (34,000 viewers), and Bottom Line (25,000 viewers). Adding the viewers for these six hours of WWE programming would bring total viewership to 314,000 – some 17,000 more than the two hour episode of iMPACT Wrestling.
If you’re interested in iMPACT Wrestling’s ratings performance in the United States for 2010 and 2011, then check out IWHeadlines.com’s Ratings War area. In the Ratings War area you can see a comparison of iMPACT Wrestling vs. Monday Night RAW from the spring of 2010 and iMPACT Wrestling vs. Superstars from all of 2010 and the first part of 2011. In addition, you can see all of the viewership estimates (from this side of the pond) for 2011, too. Enjoy!