Impact Wrestling scored a lower year to year rating than last year, grossing in just a 0.99 average Nielsen rating average for the entire year. The number is down 2% from last year's overall Nielsen rating of 1.01.
Much like last year, this makes 2013 the lowest grossing year for Impact Wrestling since 2006.
This is the first time since 2006 that Impact's yearly average is less than a 1.0.
Bruce Prichard, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan, who were widely suspected to be the creative mainstays for the company since 2010, all parted ways with TNA by the 29th week of 2013, just 3 episodes through the second half of the year.
The team of Prichard, Bischoff and Hogan 2013 run scored a 1.0009 average for the year in 29 episodes.
Dave Lagana, who has taken up primary creative duties since TNA parted with Bruce Prichard, has scored a meager 0.9734 rating in 23 episodes.
The mid-term rating average for the first half of 2013 is a 1.01 rating.
The mid-term rating average for the second half of 2013 is a 0.974 rating.
The highest rating TNA Impact Wrestling scored in 2013 was a 1.17 rating on January 24, 2013. Compare that to the highest rating of 2012 was a 1.18.
The lowest rating TNA Impact Wrestling scored in 2013 was a 0.70 rating on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. Compare that to the lowest rating of 2012, which was a 0.77.
Silver lining and looking to the future:
The month of December has not an episode that scored less than a 1.0 rating. This is the first month since February 2013 that any month had scored a cumulative 1.0 and above rating for each week.
Impact Wrestling is still a marquee show for SpikeTV. During the last 3 months of 2013 alone, SpikeTV averaged only 890,000 viewers average across their shows.
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