TNA announced on Thursday that Impact Wrestling is moving to Wednesdays on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9/8c on Spike TV. The company Tweeted out the following image to announce the news:
The official statement from the company is as follows:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2014) – TNA today announced its flagship program, IMPACT WRESTLING, will make a permanent move to Wednesday nights at 9/8c on SPIKE TV beginning next Wednesday, Aug. 20.
“Moving IMPACT WRESTLING to Wednesday nights gives existing fans and new viewers an opportunity to enjoy both wrestling and live sports even more throughout the week,” said TNA President Dixie Carter.
IMPACT WRESTLING has enjoyed sustained ratings growth this summer, drawing over 1.5 million viewers each week this quarter, and is among the most watched cable series in key male demos in its timeslot.
While it’s unknown why exactly the move was made, it could have been to get out of ahead of WWE Smackdown possibly moving back to Thursday nights this fall. TNA’s current contract with Spike TV runs through the month of September at which point they’ll have to be under a new deal to continue to air on domestic television.