World Wrestling Entertainment and Syfy announced today a multi-year agreement that brings Friday Night SmackDown to the “Imagine Greater” network beginning in October 2010. Friday Night SmackDown will premiere on its new home Oct. 1 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, where hit series such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka have yielded unprecedented ratings success. WWE NXT will leave Syfy in October as Friday Night SmackDown joins the schedule.
“WWE is the ultimate in imagination-based sports entertainment. The fantastical thrills of Friday Night SmackDown provide an ideal addition to the Syfy slate, as it targets the younger male and female demographics, which are the fastest growing categories for WWE,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “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.”
“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. The two-hour television program will be presented weekly on Syfy and features a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas including Undertaker, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix and Layla.