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TNA Lose Prime Time Slot

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WrestlingObserver.com said:
In a move that has to be killing TNA morale right now, SpikeTV has decided not to go ahead with the planned move of Impact to Thursdays at 8PM ET. Impact will still move to Thursdays starting on 4/13, but will instead air at 11PM ET.

Jeff Jarrett informed the wrestlers of the news today at the Impact taping.

Impact will follow the Ken Shamrock/Tito Ortiz season of "The Ultimate Fighter" which will air at 10PM ET. Spike made the move so they could get "The Ultimate Fighter" into the prime time schedule. The full Thursday line-up will be "CSI" at 8PM ET, "UFC Unleashed" at 9ET, "The Ultimate Fighter" at 10ET, and TNA Impact at 11ET.

On the surface the move is obviously bad news, however the show may be better off following UFC since they will benefit from the lead-in UFC gives them. Recent ratings have shown that TNA benefits greatly from UFC's audience.
That is really going to harm their morale, but I don't see it as a really bad thing at all. they arn't ready for prime time yet, and if you give them time to start building better feuds, aimed at the mark audinece, and then give them prime time, they will stand a better chance of succeeding.
 

The B-Man

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That truley sucks, but im with Jack they weren't ready for a prime time slot anyway.
 

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Urg... this may even be worse than the 11PM Saturday slot. At least people stay up later on the weekends.
 

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You cant say how something's gonna work before its even happened, i say give it a chance you never know......
 

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The thing is though...people will watch it at anytime if they wanna watch it....look at us in the UK, staying up til 2am on a Monday night/Tueasday morning to watch RAW.......so staying up till 11pm should be a doddle for the yanks......
 

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Thursday is a better night than Saturday - since the target audience is generally "early 20's guys", then they're more likely to be out on Saturday than on Thursday night.

They're not quite ready for a regular 2 hour slot, but it would help them a lot - they need time to build storylines, and it would have REALLY given them a boost.
 

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I don't think it's that big of a deal, once the Ultimate Fighter season is done, I'm sure TNA will take that spot, plus this season of UF will be huge therefore TNA will be grabbing some of the ratings.
 

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Dissapointing, but seecan why why it has happened. Ratings have shown that UFC programming and TNA show work well together, so I'm hoping that TNA will feed of UF audience and can score some high ratings in the 11pm slot.

Be interesting to see if TNA keep thier Saturday night 11pm replay slot as well, I know they were going to when TNA went 9pm on Thursday.

Hopefully with additions like Sting, and some old more well known names, it won't be long before Spike TV gives TNA a primetime slot and another hour of TV.

During a pre-taping meeting yesterday in Orlando, Jeff Jarrett informed the TNA crew that Spike TV had decided to slot them on Thursdays at 11 PM following The Ultimate Fighter reality series, as opposed to being the lead-in for UFC. Although it is a less prestigious timeslot, the decision actually works out better for TNA in the long run by providing them original UFC programming as their lead-in. It also takes them out of the line of fire by no longer being slotted against Thursday night's network programming, considered the toughest night of TV competition weekly. Spike TV will be issuing an official press release about the change shortly.

TNA's "Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore agreed verbally to a new deal with World Wrestling Entertainment yesterday and is expected to be assigned to Deep South Wrestling shortly. Moore finished up with TNA at yesterday's TV taping. According to one source, he had been offered a 26 date TNA contract at $500 a shot but hadn't yet signed the deal. Through an intermediary, Moore was able to get a better deal with WWE and accepted it. TNA had been expecting Moore to remain with the company as they had recently trademarked the "Prince of Punk" moniker.
Credit - PWInsider.com


Just an update of sorts.
 
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If WWE was "smart", they'd have More appear on their shows before his last appearance on TNA.

Sort of like the reverse of Rick Rude and the Monday Night Wars event.
 

The B-Man

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MrFill said:
If WWE was "smart", they'd have More appear on their shows before his last appearance on TNA.

Sort of like the reverse of Rick Rude and the Monday Night Wars event.
Don't actually think that would be a smart move at all.

If you think about it that would REALLY be acknowledging TNA are around, do they really want to do that?
 

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MrFill said:
If WWE was "smart", they'd have More appear on their shows before his last appearance on TNA.

Sort of like the reverse of Rick Rude and the Monday Night Wars event.
I think they'll probably save him for Matt's tag partner at WrestleMania, if he has one.
 

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Don't actually think that would be a smart move at all.

If you think about it that would REALLY be acknowledging TNA are around, do they really want to do that?
How would they acknowledge him? Just have him appear as a redebuting guy and say how he's back, and full time in the WWE. Doesn't acknowledge TNA at all.
 

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How would they acknowledge him? Just have him appear as a redebuting guy and say how he's back, and full time in the WWE. Doesn't acknowledge TNA at all.
I agree with DraVen here........the only ones who would really care about the 'sticking it to TNA' thing would be smarks like us, and WWE wouldn;t have to announce it for us to know what went down.
 

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DraVen said:
How would they acknowledge him? Just have him appear as a redebuting guy and say how he's back, and full time in the WWE. Doesn't acknowledge TNA at all.
It does in the terms Fill was talking about. There is no point having him on a show prior to TNA's show.
 

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It's a pity and a bit of a bummer but at least this should give TNA some more mainstream audience. Hopefully the audience will expand, then maybe they will be ready for a prime slot.
 

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It's a bummer but still is a move as a positive.. maybe if it does well then.. then it wil get the move to primetime
 

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Update on Spike TV Change & Details on Shannon Moore!
TNA News
15 Mar 2006
Update on Spike TV Change

Spike TV informed TNA this week that it is shifting its timeslot on Thursdays next month to 11 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. It moves them out of what is traditionally thought of as "prime time" and into the same timeslot they're now in on Saturdays.

The decision was made by Spike TV officials after analyzing the demographics of the ratings for CSI, which was scheduled to be TNA's lead-in. CSI draws good ratings, but not in the demographic that is likely to stay tuned to TNA. As a result, TNA would have to bring in its entire audience rather than also draw from a strong lead-in.

With the new 11 p.m. timeslot, Impact will follow The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) series, which is expected to draw not only strong numbers in the 1.5-2.0 range each week, but match closely the proven demographics of what TNA draws. In the short-run, TNA is likely to draw bigger ratings because of the timeslot change, and thus be in better standing with Spike TV when opportunities arise to expand, move earlier, or shift to a different day in true prime time.

Spike's new "Pros vs. Joes" series drew a strong 1.3 rating in its debut because it had the lead-in of a UFC-branded show. UFC's The Ultimate Fighter drew its initial strong ratings by following Raw and drawing from its massive-for-cable audience in January 2005. TNA Impact is still considered an emerging show by Spike TV without the built-in audience to draw its peak ratings without a strong lead-in.

When The Ultimate Fighter reality series, which resembles Tough Enough, but with MMA fighters instead of pro wrestling trainees, ends in 12 weeks, it's likely that Impact would be moved into full-fledged prime time - 10 p.m. Thursday nights - if it has been drawing strong ratings in the 11 p.m. timeslot.

Thursday nights are also a much better night in general than Saturday nights, so even though the timeslot isn't changing, the new night should make a big difference in the potential audience level. Having TUF as a lead-in should boost the rating even more.

TNA officials reacted negatively to the move at first because they had their hearts set on being in traditional "prime time." The timeslot shift is being seen as potentially embarrassing and a sign that Spike is losing faith in the show. The string of 0.7 ratings lately for the Saturday night show, below the 0.8 average for the series and well below the 1.0-plus ratings it drew earlier this year, may have played a factor. However, the move is seen by others at both TNA and Spike TV as being better for the promotion in both the short-run and long-run.

It's also possible that when TUF's season ends in 12 weeks, not only will TNA Impact be moved to start earlier in TUF's timeslot at 10 p.m., but it could get that coveted second hour it ultimately needs to not only feature established, known names, but also develop new stars who will be main eventing when the crew of fortysomethings they're building around now are ready to be replaced. How TNA Impact draws at 11 p.m. for the next 12 weeks will have a major influence on the future make-up of the industry.

Thanks to PWTorch.com
Another take on the move.
 

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I think Im going to be sick. It could be a blessing in disguise but this is just a severe knock to a company that looked to be finally gaining some serious momentum.
 
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