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Anthem and GFW have have to terms on a new agreement with Pop TV to continue carrying Impact in 2018 according to a report by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Impact has been on the network since 2016 after a rough two years for the company in it’s prior regime under TNA Wrestling. Impact was pushed off Spike TV in late 2014 after a nearly 10 year run on the network. The company then announced a TV deal with Destination America that barely lasted a full year before announcing in November of 2015 that they had come to terms with the CBS Corporation to run the show on Pop TV.

All first-run editions of Impact in 2016 averaged 310,000 viewers, with that number dipping to an average of 292,000 viewers in 2017 so far. Pop TV is currently estimated to be in around 73.8 million homes in the United States. The company’s current television deals in the UK (Spike TV) and India (Sony Six) were described as the “main revenue source” when it comes to television distribution as things stand right now.

The company is continuing to operate on a very limited budget under Anthem, with the latest set of TV tapings being a prime example where they taped enough TV to get them to the first week of November for the upcoming Bound for Glory PPV.

Wrestleview.com reached out to GFW about this report and Anthem declined to comment.

7 COMMENTS

  1. my belief is they will do the next year there to build up with support to get back on Spike. Make no mistake, being on Spike UK makes it much more likely that they will be able to pull off Spike wanting them back

  2. John, you may recall we had this debate and you guaranteed (your comment said I guarantee you) Jarrett would get them back on Spike by the start of 2018 and that he was already working on the details even tho I posted about me being at the con conference where Spike laid out their strategy and noted even with double the ratings Impact had, they don’t have a fit for Wrestling in the US and that the UK is a separate operating entity with separate strategy. This was in response to a question about whether they’d consider having Impact back. They said it won’t happen and the fact that they are going proceeding with another year on POP, the talent isn’t near what it was (and remember Spike paid for Hogan themselves because they wanted bigger names and that was when they wanted wrestling on their programming), the show is suffering, talent are leaving and still complaining about pay (Matt and Maria, Tyrus), and their ratings haven’t budged since JJ came back – they go up and then back down with no sign of even reaching DA levels and that was dismal. So, the key question – you don’t really believe that Spike is lying that they have no room for wrestling in their future when everything seems to back up what they say and GFW resigned with POP while noting it isn’t earning them money? I could list all the reasons it won’t happen but if you still believe it even after you guaranteed me it was in the works when I shared it wasn’t and the proof continues to back it up, there is no point in explaining…you do understand tho that Spike let them go when they were the highest rated show on their network and even though they didn’t like that Dixie left them in the dark with Russo they kept them on for a year to help find another network, so saying it was all because of Dixie rather than accept that they simply moved away from wrestling doesn’t hold any water – the truth is they simply don’t want to be in the wrestling business and their model doesn’t allow it and they noted with Double the ratings wrestling is just too expensive (and you know they couldn’t get double the ratings they had on Spike) and they would have to invest more to bring them back and build back up – absolutely won’t happen – better chance of them securing a different big network than Spike!

  3. In the words of Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond: They’ve once again lived to die another day.
    Or at least another year.

  4. I think Spike U.S. is through with pro wrestling. WWE f*cked them over with Raw and both ECW & TNA ultimately failed to bring them long-term success. Spike UK is the best they can hope for.

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