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Reason why SmackDown Live is moving to Fridays on Fox

SmackDown’s move to Fox is going to take some adjustment and we still have plenty of questions. But one question seldom addressed is, “why?” Friday nights seems like an interesting idea and SmackDown was on Fridays from 2005-2015 anyway so fans have already experienced a decade of Friday nights with the Blue Brand. But this happened back when SmackDown was a taped show.

With SmackDown Live being a different animal completely a Friday night move means likely nixing a house show or at least rescheduling them causing a lot of moving around. But there is an idea Fox could eventually change SmackDown’s night again to an easier time to work with if the ratings are outstanding.

“Well if it kills, I think there is a good chance of that,” Dave Meltzer commented during Wrestling Observer Radio about the possibility of SmackDown finding a better night on Fox as he continued to explain Fox’s reasoning for placing SmackDown Live on Friday nights. “The reason is they probably felt that Friday is a tough night for television and Saturday nights they’re doing a lot of sports they do college football on Saturdays they’d have to pre-empt wrestling all the time. So Saturday is out.”

“So the idea was to put them on Fox but put them on a night that’s not a big night. I think if you put them on Tuesday, yeah they would get bigger numbers but I don’t think they would get bigger numbers than what Fox already has on that station.”

It was noted Fox already pulls around 3.2 million people on a Friday night running a cooking show so SmackDown will probably do fine. If anything, the popularity of the product will mean better things for all involved. But you never know how popular it could get and Fox might move it to another night.

Let’s just hope SmackDown performs in the ratings because they’re on network television now so a cancelation is always a possibility if the viewers aren’t there and then they might be facing an even tougher time on FS1.

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