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WWE: Terrible News For WWE SmackDown! NY Yankees take timeslot...

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posted on May, 22 2005 @ 03:54 PM
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Credit: PWInisder.com

As networks went overboard with Sweeps programming on Thursday night, UPN's WWE SmackDown! took a backseat to very intense competition.

According to fast nationals, the two-hour "CSI" season finale did an average of 18.2 (breaking 20.0 in the second hour), which is significantly better than CBS' usual 8-10PM average. The lineup of The OC and "World's Worst Idol Auditions" averaged a 5.3 for the evening, which is also better than FOX's usual Thursday lineup. Although NBC and ABC (its ratings weren't impressive, but its offering of the NBA Playoffs might have slightly affected the SmackDown! viewership) performed at their usual levels, it was definitely a tough night for WWE SmackDown.

The Fast National number for SmackDown! actually came in at a worse-than-usual 2.8/4. The final number will likely be in the 2.9-3.0 range.

Things aren't going to be getting better for WWE SmackDown anytime soon as the show has been dealt yet another major blow once it moves to its Friday night timeslot this September. It has been announced that the show will be preempted for much of the MLB season from its regular timeslot in the New York City market on UPN affiliate WWOR channel 9 due to the showing of Yankees baseball.

The Yankees signed a deal with FOX to distribute the team's games this past January on UPN channel 9 which is owned and operated by FOX.

This could be devastating for the show because not only will it have to deal with being moved into a new much weaker timeslot, but will have to deal with being bounced out of its regular timeslot in one of the biggest markets in the country for much if not all of next year's MLB season.



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posted on May, 22 2005 @ 04:06 PM
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We reported yesterday the major conflicts that WWE SmackDown! will encounter with the airing of MLB baseball, causing preemptions in the New York market. This does not appear to be the only problem as in addition to the Yankees, The Boston Red Sox, The Washington Nationals, The Philadelphia Phillies, The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Minnesota Twins, The Seattle Mariners, and The Colorado Rockies all have television deals with their local UPN channel to carry their games on Friday evenings.

More importantly, UPN 9 in the New York market is in its first year of a three year deal with the Yankees to broadcast 20-25 games per year, although Friday is not a stipulation in the contract meaning that it could be changed.

Apparently UPN and the Yankees agreed on Friday so that the games did not interfere with SmackDown, which means that UPN possibly put SmackDown in a position where it can be preempted.

SmackDown does not appear to be as top of a priority as it used to be to UPN executives given Viacom's Leslie Moonves comments that the program would be cancelled, later clarified that it 'could be cancelled.' WWE's deal with UPN to air SmackDown expires in September 2006. It should also be noted that WWE was not given advance notice by UPN of plans to change the show's timeslot before Thursday's upfront presentation by the network.

Source: Wrestling Exposed







[Edited on 22/5/05 by TRD]



 
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