Tag: wwe smackdown
Only because it was on Syfy, and people often joked that it made the former Sci-Fi Channel the “Wrestling Channel” – WWE Smackdown will move from Syfy to cable sibling USA in early 2016.
I still maintain that WWE Smackdown was being shown on Syfy because higher ups wanted it that way. WWE, after absorbing all its competition, was trying to develop a rivalry system, and having two competing “brands” on separate networks would help in that goal. It also had great ratings, bringing in advertising dollars which allowed the network to roll the dice on riskier, more expensive ventures. Syfy had plenty of primetime space on the schedule, so it did not mean that they eliminated programming to show it.
So, what’s all of this reality programming doing on Syfy? Well, to be frank, reality programming is popular – extremely so – on all the networks. And Syfy is not immune to the programming. But they ARE handling it with an eye to the fans that helped them get to where they are – focusing on things related to the genres. Well, maybe with a little divergence…