Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Bellator will move to Friday nights this fall to avoid competing with the National Football League on Thursday. The show will air its ninth season from 9-11 PM ET on Friday nights beginning on September 13, 2013. The series will launch on Saturday, September 7th, which will also double as Fight Master’s live finale.
Here’s an excerpt of SI’s coverage, where they quoted Spike TV President Kevin Kay about TNA’s timeslot and why Bellator couldn’t air earlier in the week.
TNA Impact Wrestling, which previously served as Bellator’s lead-in, has already been moved back into Thursday’s 9 p.m. slot, where Kay said pro wrestling’s dedicated audience will hold up better against sport’s greatest juggernaut. Kay said the strength of WWE’s Monday Night Raw and Spike’s Tuesday night original programming eliminated an early-week slot for Bellator, which left Wednesdays or Fridays.