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Smackdown on FOX

Erick Von Erich
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May 22nd, 2018, 2:16 pm #1

Q n' D: FOX paid a buncha' money ($1 billion) to get Smackdown, starting around October 2019, for 5 years. Might turn out to be a better deal for FOX than the $550 mil/year they paid for the NFL's shitpot "Thursday Night Football".

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http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/2356 ... kdown-live
wrote:WWE has agreed in principle to make Fox the new home of "SmackDown Live," after the network came to WWE with what sources described as a "massive" offer.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the five-year deal has a total value of more than $1 billion.

Sources said the deal will begin in October 2019, with The Wrap reporting that the show will move to Friday nights on Fox's broadcast channel.

A representative for WWE declined to comment. A Fox spokesperson could not immediately be reached.

As first reported by the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, NBC Universal declined its right of first refusal to hit the numbers that WWE proposed on "SmackDown." NBC instead focused its efforts on "Monday Night Raw."

With live TV viewed as a prized commodity in the era of DVR and on-demand and "SmackDown Live" straddling the worlds of scripted and sports TV, Fox greatly valued the opportunity to pursue one of WWE's signature programs.

"SmackDown Live," which airs on Tuesdays, has averaged 2.59 million viewers per week in 2018, while "Raw" has averaged about 3 million viewers.
What's interesting is that NBC Universal (USA) will still have RAW... while a "rival" network will have Smackdown. That may seem like a big deal, but I'd relate it to how all the major sports are split on competing networks and it's not a huge deal.
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May 22nd, 2018, 9:45 pm #2

This has disaster written all over it. What qualifies for good ratings on cable doesn't tend to cut it on network television, and there's nothing to suggest that WWE's ratings won't continue to do record lows going forward. I fully expect that within six months of this deal, Fox is going to have major regrets, and I wouldn't be surprised if Smackdown gets punted to FS1 or even FS2.
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Scrooge McSuck
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May 23rd, 2018, 12:48 am #3

(Vince swims in money like Scrooge McDuck)

It's funny how with some of the best talent possible, they have one of the most inconsistently interesting eras that gets a big money deal for both shows on different network.
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Erick Von Erich
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May 23rd, 2018, 9:11 pm #4

FS1 or FS2 seems likely, within a year, now that you mention it. I don't know how much it costs to make all the shitty sitcoms that FOX runs... so maybe it's cheaper to go with Smackdown?

And the move "back" to Friday nights? "That's TV That's Changing Friday Night! B'lee 'dat, playa!"
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HeenanandMonsoon
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May 24th, 2018, 1:32 am #5

Good luck on having a live show on a Friday night. Expect to see seats really tarped off.
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