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Impact Wrestling viewership down against NFL Draft

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Going against the first round of the NFL Draft, Impact Wrestling viewership was down for its Rebellion fallout episode.

Last night's Impact averaged 120,000 viewers on AXS TV, down from the 145,000 that last Thursday's Rebellion go-home episode of the show averaged. The rating in the 18-49 demo was steady at a 0.05.

The opening night of the NFL Draft averaged 6.478 million viewers on ESPN, 4.192 million viewers on ABC, and 1.850 million viewers on the NFL Network last night. The ESPN broadcast topped all of television with a 2.41 rating in 18-49.

In the 18-49 demo, Impact ranked 112th on cable last night. Last week's episode ranked 113th.

AEW World Champion Kenny Omega won the Impact World Championship by defeating Rich Swann in a title vs. title match at Impact Wrestling's Rebellion pay-per-view this past Sunday. On last night's Impact, there was a show-long storyline where it was said that Omega would be stripped of the Impact World Championship and indefinitely suspended from both Impact and AEW if he didn't appear in person. Omega & The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows) appeared near the end of the show, attacking Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan during the main event.

Impact Tag Team Champions Juice Robinson & David Finlay tried to make the save after Omega & The Good Brothers' attack but were beat down.

A six-man tag match with Omega & The Good Brothers facing Edwards, Robinson & Finlay has been announced for Impact Wrestling's Under Siege Impact Plus special that's taking place on Saturday, May 15.

Here's a look at Impact ratings since the start of December:

  • December 1 -- 166,000 viewers (0.05 rating in 18-49)
  • December 8 (Omega's first Impact appearance) -- 221,000 viewers (0.08 rating in 18-49)
  • December 15 -- 177,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • December 22 (Best of 2020 part one) -- 133,000 viewers (0.03 rating in 18-49)
  • December 29 (Best of 2020 part two) -- 103,000 viewers (0.01 rating in 18-49)
  • January 5 -- 148,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • January 12 -- 161,000 viewers (0.05 rating in 18-49)
  • January 19 -- 147,000 viewers (0.03 rating in 18-49)
  • January 26 -- 186,000 viewers (0.05 rating in 18-49)
  • February 2 -- 173,000 viewers (0.05 rating in 18-49)
  • February 9 -- 153,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • February 16 (Robinson and Finlay's first Impact appearance) -- 197,000 viewers (0.06 rating in 18-49)
  • February 23 -- 170,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • March 2 -- 134,000 viewers (0.03 rating in 18-49)
  • March 9 -- 144,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • March 16 -- 146,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • March 23 -- 116,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • March 30 -- 149,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • April 8 (first Thursday episode, Omega in action) -- 168,000 viewers (0.06 rating in 18-49)
  • April 15 -- 132,000 viewers (0.04 rating in 18-49)
  • April 22 -- 145,000 viewers (0.05 rating in 18-49)
  • April 29 -- 120,000 viewers (0.05 rating in 18-49)