The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum has selected Diamond Dallas Page to receive the Frank Gotch Award at the 2013 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend. The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend will take place July 12-13 in Waterloo, Iowa. Ric Flair, Bill Watts, and Chris Taylor have been chosen by the selection committee for the Class of 2013.
CMT issued the following press release:
CMT RATINGS ALERT - CMTâ€™S RETURN OF â€œREDNECK ISLANDâ€ HOSTED BY STEVE AUSTIN DELIVERS AS NETWORKâ€™S HIGHEST-RATED SEASON PREMIERE IN HISTORY
NASHVILLE â€“ November 12, 2012 â€“ CMTâ€™s REDNECK ISLAND hosted by Steve Austin scored with the season two premiere on Saturday, November 10, claiming its place as the networkâ€™s highest-rated series launch in history.
REDNECK ISLAND earned a .75 among P18-49 with more than 1.4 million viewers P2+ tuning in, according to early Nielsen reporting. The series also performed well on CMTâ€™s social platforms, as #RedneckIsland trended nationally on Twitter for the majority of the show, and peaked at the #4 position. Additionally, the series Facebook page grew roughly 400 percent since the beginning of the month.
The return of REDNECK ISLAND served as a strong lead-in for the anticipated premieres of new series CHAINSAW GANG and BIG TEXAS HEAT as well on Saturday night. CHAINSAW GANG earned a .52 P18-49 rating, with 953,000 total viewers P2+. BIG TEXAS HEAT earned a .34 P18-49, with 693,000 total viewers P2+. All three series significantly increased their QTD time period averages across all demos, and particularly among young male viewers.
CMTâ€™s REDNECK ISLAND, hosted by wrestling hall of famer Steve Austin, airs Saturdays at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Visit CMTpress.com here for advance press screeners and digital assets, and follow @steveaustinBSR on Twitter using #RedneckIsland.
CHAINSAW GANG, featuring chainsaw artist Stacy Poitras, airs Saturdays at 10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Visit CMTpress.com here for advance press screeners and digital assets, and follow @DeadwoodSculpt on Twitter using #ChainsawGang.