TNA's debut on Pop TV last night drew 111,000 viewers for a "Best of" show which had little going for it past Internet and social mediapromotion.
TNA and Pop TV had been pushing 1/5 as the debut of the show, built around the final four in the world title tournament. It was only in the past week when the announcement was made that it would debut with taped programming last night in its new Tuesday at 9 p.m. slot..
The audience was barely half of the "Days of our Lives" show that did 211,000 viewers.
While the lack of publicity and fact it wasn't a new episode means the number really can't be taken as a strong sign of where they will end up, it is a number that points to where the TNA base audience is at this point. Between the change of network and change of day, and TNA, with the exception of the move from late Saturday to Thursday prime time, has always taken a hit when changing days, it took take some time before TNA gets to where it will probably be.
However, the idea that they will get back to Spike levels, which Pop TV execs spoke of, doesn't seem likely.
It has been confirmed by TNA that there will be a live PPV show on Friday, 1/8, from Bethlehem, PA.
inDemand literature had come out advertising the show, taking place three nights after the debut on Pop TV, for a show called "One Night Only Live."
That was the name of the show that was originally planned to be taped in India during the canceled tour, as a live special in that country, and would air starting 1/8 as the One Night Only show in the U.S.