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REPORT: TV networks leery of TNA; Spike TV not confident in TNA’s leadership

The latest Wrestling Observer newsletter notes that there are TV networks leery on TNA not just because it’s pro wrestling but because they have the stigma of being a brand that is being dropped by Spike TV even though the ratings are not that bad. In fact, TNA’s ratings are above the Spike TV station average. The way it was described was that people are wondering what’s the catch and why would Spike TV drop a show that has been doing between 1 million to 1.4 million viewers on a weekly basis.

The word is that Spike dropped Impact because of lack of confidence in the leadership being able to continue to make the product grow. Also, the product has been on the decline. Also, the Vince Russo thing came up as a reason this past week again. Basically, Spike will deny the Russo thing publicly and privately but Russo was definitely a part of the reason why Spike decided to drop Impact. As noted last week, Jeff Jarrett’s GFW and TNA are both talking to some of the same networks but TNA does have the advantage because they have a roster, an existing product and they do have a history of doing 1 million viewers and that is considered to be a good number for cable stations that are not in the top 15.

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