Impact Wrestling has been on the rise lately as several fans have praised the show this year for its increase in quality. The roster, which features the likes of Johnny Impact, Pentagon, Fenix, Eli Drake, Tessa Blanchard, and others is arguably one of the strongest in the world today. Unfortunately, Impact’s success in 2018 hasn’t translated too well in the ratings. The show has achieved all time low viewership numbers this year, and the promotion has been looking to leave Pop TV for a number of months now. Impact’s parent company, Anthem Sports & Entertainment, has been having talks with several networks about possibly acquiring Impact Wrestling lately, and it looks like the show will have a new home after all in 2019.
BREAKING: IMPACT is moving to Pursuit Channel!
Beginning on Friday Jan. 11 IMPACT! will air weekly on Pursuit Channel on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. @PursuitChannel
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The show will be debuting on Pursuit Channel, which is owned by Anthem CEO Leonard Asper, starting next year. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, the decision to move Impact to Pursuit is one that will benefit the promotion financially. PWInsider also mentioned that Pop TV will be undergoing some rebranding in 2019, but Impact was never set to be part of the changes. There is currently no word on whether or not Impact will be releasing digital episodes of the show at all once they move. Pursuit is mostly a channel that features shows and content about the outdoors. Pursuit also currently reaches about 30 million households while Pop TV reaches around 67 million. Impact Wrestling President Ed Norholm called Pursuit a “natural fit” for Impact in a press release today.
Pop TV losing Impact Wrestling seemed inevitable for weeks now, but the show will officially be gone from the network starting in January. The issues between Impact and Pop started earlier this year when the station bumped Impact’s time slot back to a late hour in the night. Before the Pursuit announcement, Anthem had reportedly been having talks with networks like WGN America, Syfy, and TruTV. Throughout Impact’s history, it has been broadcasted on Fox Sports Net, Spike TV, and Destination America, until the show was added to Pop TV back in 2016. Impact Wrestling will continue to air regularly on Pop TV until January 3rd. The first episode of Impact Wrestling on the Pursuit Channel will be premiering on January 11th, and the show will begin airing weekly on Friday nights at 10pm ET.