Syfy, WWE to Move Smackdown in 2015

WWE Smackdown Thursday Syfy

The Smackdown will be handed out 24 hours earlier, when Syfy and WWE move the long-running grapple-fest to Thursday nights, starting Jan. 15, 2015 at 8/7c.

“Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday nights than on Fridays,” Syfy EVP Michael Engleman explained in a statement. “Among Men 18-49, PUTs (persons using television) are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown. Since the majority of broadcast programming skews female, we’re also using Thursday nights to counterprogram.”

SmackDown currently averages 3.1 million viewers, beating all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network.

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  1. Maryann says:

    So what will SyFy’s new Friday schedule look like and when will the change happen?

  2. alvetica says:

    Going against football is a bad move

  3. powerturtle90sdudemon says:

    Did Smackdown just take shots at ABC’s Shondaland lineup?

    • Reality says:

      They are two very different things, so I doubt there’s many crossover viewers. I think they are just intending to give men more options on Thursdays besides reality competitions and soap operas.

  4. David4 says:

    Hopefully Friday returns to it’s sci-fi roots, even if it’s just reruns of the week’s current shows.

  5. hello says:

    I remember when CW cancelled Smackdown, their highest rated show, because it attacted too many men.

  6. Tran says:

    Happy to see WWE Smackdown moving back to Thursdays where it all started. It’s going to be very tough going up against the Big Four broadcast networks even though Smackdown is still on cable TV.

  7. JeffDJ says:

    It still boggles my mind why wrestling is even on SyFy in the first place. I was hoping that part of their new mandate would be to drop this incongruent piece of programming altogether, but apparently not.

    • Reality says:

      You could say the same thing about Ghost Hunters. It has been going on for 10 years with 200+ episodes and zero evidence of ghosts.

  8. Greg Pabst says:

    They need to move it to a different channel. Wrestling is NOT science fiction or fantasy.

    • Jane says:

      Agreed. I never have understood why it is on this channel.

    • Wisconsin says:

      Really? Is it that hard to figure out?

      “SmackDown currently averages 3.1 million viewers, beating all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network.” I don’t know what that translate into advertising dollars but it has to be more than reruns of Star Trek, Sharknado 2 and other original Syfy programming.

    • Reality says:

      I will never understand the animosity people have for wrestling being on Syfy. It’s not like the network is going to stop producing the with the dozens of reality shows on their lineup and start making more scripted originals instead of importing Canadian shows.

    • Bill says:

      And look at all those cartoons on Cartoon Network of music videos on MTV

  9. Moment says:

    I suspect this is more to do with the drop in ratings lately, it has hit a .6/7 often lately which isn’t great considering how expensive the show is to carry. Airing it a little earlier may help against spoilers.

  10. matty says:

    Why is wrestling on the SyFy network? it isn’t science fiction.

  11. Avinash says:

    Saw this coming months ago when Impact Wresting moved from Thursday’s at 9 to Wednesdays at 9.