WWE has confirmed that Smackdown is moving back to Thursday nights on SyFy beginning January 15 at 8 PM ET. In a statement posted on the company's official website, Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy, explained the move.
Below is an excerpt:
"Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays,” said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy. “Among Men 18-49, PUTS [persons using television] are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown. Since the majority of broadcast programming skews female, we're also using Thursday nights to counter-program."
WWE touted the show's success on Friday nights and you can read their coverage at this link.
After a couple of months of uncertainty, we confirmed a move was coming on October 10, 2014. It was then it was learned that 12 Monkeys, a new original series, will replace Smackdown on SyFy on Friday, January 16, 2015. You can read that report at this link.
Richard Reacts: I know one of the first questions will be - what happens to NXT? Well, the company already premieres it Thursday afternoon at 4 PM but a move to Wednesday or Friday wouldn't surprise me. We'll update when we hear more.