Raw took an expected tumble in the ratings this week, while TNA Impact showed signs of life.
Monday's episode of Raw did a 3.2, down from last week's 3.7 for the show the night after WrestleMania, which featured Shawn Michaels' farewell speech. Impact, which started an hour earlier at 8 p.m. Monday, did a 0.9, up from last week's alarming 0.6.
Raw went head to head with the NCAA men's basketball championship, so I don't think there was any doubt that the show was going to take a hit in the ratings. Plus, there was no marquee match announced ahead of time, and WWE NXT rookie David Otunga as guest host certainly wasn't going to sway anyone to watch.
It had been announced last week that Impact was airing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., to, in the words of TNA president Dixie Carter, "maximize viewership ... as to not conflict with the NCAA men's basketball finals on CBS."
It turned out to be a wise move, and, as I have said before, I think TNA should consider moving Impact to the earlier time slot permanently.
While the increase in Impact's ratings this week is good news for the company, TNA does need to keep things in perspective. Since moving to Mondays to oppose Raw, Impact's ratings have been 1.0, 0.8, 0.9, 0.6 and 0.9. If Impact's doesn't routinely start doing numbers over 1.0 soon, it might be time to think about stopping the bleeding (figuratively, not literally) and moving the show back to its old Thursday slot.