12.21.04 | NEW IMPACT TIMESLOT
NEW TIMESLOT FOR “iMPACT!” ON FSN
NATIONAL REPLAY TO DEBUT SATURDAYS AT MIDNIGHT
Nashville, TN (December 21, 2004) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬” TNA Entertainment, LLC. announced today that its FSN show “Total Nonstop Action Wrestling iMPACT!” will move to the 4PM (local) timeslot on Fridays starting January 7th, with a national replay Saturdays at midnight (local).
The replay will have national clearance on FSN regional networks. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia will continue to broadcast iMPACT! on Saturday nights in their normal timeslots.
“2004 has marked an incredible year of growth for TNA Wrestling,” said Dixie Carter, President TNA Entertainment. “The national launch of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“iMPACT!’ on FSN and the move to a monthly pay-per-view format have been very successful. By changing the timeslot of iMPACT! to 4PM and adding a Saturday night replay, we will expose the program to a much larger audience. iMPACT!’s move to 4PM increases our HUT percentage and wrestling on Saturday nights has historically proven to be a ratings success.”
“TNA Wrestling has been a pleasant ratings surprise for us at FSN,” said George Greenberg, FSN Executive Vice-President of Programming and Production. “We hope with additional exposure, wrestling fans will have more opportunity to enjoy TNA’s athletic and entertaining presentation.”
TNA debuted iMPACT! on June 4, 2004 in the 3PM timeslot on Fridays and it exceeded all network ratings expectations. In November, FSN and TNA teamed up for two primetime specials on “Best Damn Sports Show Period’s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Best Damn Wrestling Event Period.'”
TNA Wrestling has been riding a wave of success. The December 5th pay-per-view “Turning Point” has been hailed as one of the best professional wrestling pay-per-views of the year, Liquid Blue, an apparel licensee who’s clients include the NFL and NBA, just released its first wave of officially licensed T-Shirts, and Toy Biz, a division of Marvel Enterprises, Inc., will release its first line of TNA action figures in March 2005.
The alternative for the true wrestling fan, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling prides itself on delivering quality, family programming that is clean, innovative, cutting edge and with the high-risk, high-flying athleticism that TNA Wrestling is known for. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling “iMPACT!” airs Fridays at 3PM (4PM starting January 7, 2005) on FSN (check local listings) with a Saturday midnight(local) replay starting January 8, 2005. TNA “Xplosion” is a syndicated program that airs on Empire Sports Network, Sunshine Network, Comcast Sports South and other local channels (check local listings).