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January 19, 2008

Shark Boy = ratings

This is not a fish story. Thursday’s TNA Impact – which featured four segments involving bed-ridden jobber Shark Boy – was the most-watched episode in the show’s history.

It did a 1.2 rating and was seen by 1.62 million viewers. Impact has officially caught up to ECW, which also did a 1.2 rating this week.

For TNA, that’s good news. The bad news is that while the TV ratings have been rising slowly but steadily, the pay-per-view buy rates have been tanking big time. The Wrestling Observer reported that the buy rates are the lowest they’ve been since TNA had no television at all to promote their pay-per-views.

When more people than ever are watching your product, but fewer are buying your product, that's definitely cause for concern. I’m not sure that Shark Boy is going to be able to help with that one.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 2:51 AM | | Comments (6)


People aren't going to buy ppvs when nothing ever gets resolved during them.

Also every match seems to end in a fluke style.

Plus there is no continuity between what happens in the ppv and then the next episode of TNA.

Dixie Carter needs to man up and get a booker who won't destroy the product.

See, I told you. When it comes to ratings and entertainment shark boy is king. my hat's off to a young devoted wrestler finally getting his face time.

TNA has it's work cut out for it. The recent "briefcase" PPV where you had to tune into IMPACT to see the results are a perfect example. Why would you want your audience that paid money to see your event to be forced to tune into the free show to see the outcome of the PPV? Not good business sense in my opinion, unless Spike is paying them more for the weekly show than they get from the PPV, wich is not likely.

I hope we're just kidding about Shark Boy equaling ratings. My best guess is that fans were just more inclined to sit through the regular Impact broadcast to get to the Global Impact that followed.

Perhaps the poor buyrates as of late has more to do with the awful US economy than TNA. I am sure quite a few fans can't afford that much due to the subprime mess and employment rates going up.

who they caught up to ecw what and acoplesment .....NOT!!!!

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