WWE Smackdown set to move to Thursday from next week

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Everyone working for WWE understandably has a very hectic lifestyle, yet the industry is often praised for the way its schedule is planned out.

With Monday Night Raw airing at the beginning of the week and SmackDown being recorded the next night but airing on a Friday evening, WWE followers have always had something to look forward to watching, prior to the monthly pay-per-view-events.

Schedule Change

This pattern however, is to change from next week with WWE's SmackDown show will be moving to Thursday nights on Syfy.

The move has been explained by Michael Engleman of Syfy:

"Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays," the Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand told WWE.com.

"Among Men 18-49, PUTS [Persons Using Television] are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown."

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The alteration to programming means that members of the WWE Universe may have to adjust, but given that SmackDown currently averages 3.1 million viewers per episode and is the second longest-running weekly episodic programme in U.S television (behind Monday Night Raw), it would be surprising if the change meant a huge drop in viewing figures.

WWE's SmackDown show has been hugely successful for many years, despite never quite having the same impact as it's main programme, Monday Night Raw.

The former has been broadcasted from a staggering 170 different venues, in some 148 cities and towns in seven different countries, which include Canada, Japan and Mexico.

WWE Network

Elsewhere in news regarding WWE's programming schedule, it was revealed that the WWE Network will be available in the UK and Ireland prior to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event which takes place on the 25th of this month.

These fans therefore will be hoping not to see a repeat of the last WWE Network announcement, when access to it was delayed just shy of its launch date.

WWE as well as its followers will therefore be hoping the change in schedule for SmackDown as well as WWE Network reveal for the UK and Ireland go according to plan and kick off what should be a successful year for the industry.

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