The best matchup in professional wrestling isn’t happening in the ring, but in the ratings. This past Monday night was especially interesting, as the WWE, UFC, and the relative upstart wrestling promotion TNA all had shows on the same night.
WWE remains the leader when it comes to cable television. Ratings data reveals that USA Network’s RAW posted a 3.7 cable rating (3.2 household) with 5.45 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49.
By comparison, UFC Fight Night on Spike TV averaged a 1.1 household rating with 1.71 million viewers and a 0.9 among adults 18-49. The cable rating (the one wrestling and MMA sites refer to as “the rating”) was not available at press time, but a good ballpark would be a 1.3.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Travis Yanan, Media Week via Headline Planet.
WWE has entered 2010 with a bang, partly because Monday Night Football is over, but also because of TNA’s “Impact” is yapping at its heels. Camel Clutch Blog points out that over 2 million people tuned in for the junior company’s show in that same time period. And boxing? Oh…jeez, sorry boxing…I don’t seem to have any ratings for you. Better luck next week.