Reason Why FOX Wants SmackDown on Friday Nights & Not Tuesday


Dave Meltzer indicated on the latest installment of Wrestling Observer Radio that the reason SmackDown Live won’t stay on Tuesday nights next year when it moves to FOX is because SmackDown’s current ratings will not be any higher than the programming that is already on the station.

The reason is that they probably felt that Friday is a tough night for television and Saturday night they are doing a lot of sports. They would have to preempt wrestling all the time. So, Saturday’s out. I think that the idea was to put them on FOX, put them on a night that’s not a big night. If they put them on Tuesday, they probably wouldn’t get bigger number than FOX already has on that station.

As previously reported, SmackDown will be moving to Friday nights on FOX in October 2019. This is a big money deal for the company and the belief is that SmackDown may be positioned as the flagship show for WWE once the switch from USA to FOX is made.

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