'Friday Night SmackDown' Is Moving to Syfy; Network Moving Its Friday Night Lineup of Originals (Such as 'Stargate Universe,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Caprica') To Tuesday Nights TVWeek
'Friday Night SmackDown' is moving from MyNetworkTV to cable's Syfy next season.
The start date is Oct. 1. Also in October "WWE NXT," which debuted on Syfy in February, will end its run on the network.
To make room for "SmackDown," Syfy will more its Friday night line-up to Tuesday. "With Tuesday night, a proven winner for our original drama series including "Warehouse 13," there is bigger opportunity for series such as "Stargate Universe," "Sanctuary" and "Caprica" to thrive on a night with a significantly larger number of viewers available to watch live,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy, in a statement.
Furthermore, the announcement said "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. The two hour television program will be presented weekly on Syfy and feature a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas including Undertaker, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, CM Punk®, Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix and Layla.
In a somewhat related story, MyNetworkTV, which is losing "SmackDown," is reportedly picking up the off-cable rights to USA's "Burn Notice."