Beginning on March 8th, Spike is moving the two-hour edition of TNA Impact from Thursday to Monday night, pitting it head-to-head against Wrestling’s top-rated program WWE Raw on USA Network:
“We feel strongly that Monday nights is where the majority of wrestling viewers have been historically,” said TNA president Dixie Carter. “Having two Monday night wrestling shows with healthy competition between them can make for great TV.”
‘Impact’ is usually tape-delayed, but it will now air live every other week (‘Raw’ is always live). Last month a special three-hour Monday night episode featuring the debut of Hulk Hogan drew a record 2.2 million viewers.
The head-to-head match-up against ‘Raw‘ (9:00-11:00 5.5M vs. 2.0M) wasn’t much of a contest, but TNA hopes that the added competition will help not only their organization, but wrestling as a whole:
“Our goal is not to beat ‘Raw’ immediately, but we feel confident this will accelerate our growth and make it fun for wrestling fans,” Carter said.
Source: THR Feed