What’s the staying power of a baseball bat to the face? Last week’s episode of “Impact Wrestling” drew the biggest audience in over six months due to an incident involving Sami Callihan, a baseball bat, and Eddie Edwards’ face. It was the talk of wrestling for the week, but how many viewers stuck around?

Miss last night’s show? Here are some quick highlights.

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According to, this week’s episode of “Impact Wrestling” drew a .07 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 325,000 viewers. These numbers are down 30% and 11% from last week’s .1 rating and 365,000 viewers. Last week’s audience was the highest total since July 14, 2017. Last night’s show was a major card, featuring a main event of Austin Aries defending the Impact Wrestling World Title against Johnny Impact.

Here are this week’s results.

Opinion: I can’t say I’m surprised at the numbers being down. The fans wanted to see the carnage that was heavily publicized but didn’t seem interested in sticking around for the regular show. That’s not the biggest shock in the world as “come see a guy get hit in the face with a bat” is actually a pretty strong drawing card. What they had was far from terrible, but it’s a noticeable drop.

And here’s what drew last week’s big audience.

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What did you think of this week’s show? Can they get the numbers back up? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the History of the WWE Championship.

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