World Wrestling Entertainment and Syfy announced a multi-year agreement that brings the two-hour Friday Night SmackDown from MyNetwork TV to the “Imagine Greater” network 10/1. Friday Night SmackDown will premiere at 8:00 PM ET. The program, which debuted more than 10 years ago, is one of the longest-running, weekly episodic shows on television.
Syfy’s original Friday night drama series will move to Tuesday night, including series such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka. WWE NXT will leave Syfy in October as Friday Night SmackDown joins the schedule.
“Syfy is a terrific partner and we look forward to bringing our proven ratings winner and ten year television institution, Friday Night SmackDown, to the network,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “With this move, WWE is thrilled to be expanding its long-standing relationship with the NBC Universal family.”
Friday Night SmackDown averages more than 3.4 million viewers a week and is currently the most watched TV program on Friday nights among Males under 55 and beats all Friday primetime programming on ABC, NBC, FOX and CW among Men 18-34.