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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.81
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Wrestling viewers have shitty memories, remember?

Must be, seeing has how Smackdown! being on Friday is a relatively new development in the grand scheme of WWF/E programming...

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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
    Originally posted by Psycho Penguin

      but Vince won't conceded one of his ideas is a failure until he has tried everything in his power to keep it on.


    That's why we had 14 seasons of the XFL, right?

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Didn't NBC pull the plug on it?
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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
After NBC bowed out, WWE & UPN (and TNN) briefly discussed running a second season with a smaller league. Wikipedia's article says UPN wanted SmackDown shortened in exchange; I don't remember if this is correct, but it was around the time where UPN wanted to launch half hour sitcoms off SmackDown's popularity so that sounds right.

The discussions may have not lasted more than a few hours before they decided just to fold the league.

(edited by thecubsfan on 15.4.10 0935)


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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.23
NBC did pull the plug, yes. The statement was 'Vince tries everything in his power to keep it going'. He barely shopped the league around and folded it relatively quickly. I remember that being a surprise.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.44
Him shopping it around is doing everything in his power to keep it a float. Vince doesn't own a station, so that is his only course of action. It wasn't a surprised it closed considering how poor the ratings and it was universally panned.

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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.85
I was reading through Rey's book, and recall reading something similar in Eddie's, that when they went to Raw Smackdown's ratings declined mainly the latino fanbase had larger access to UPN/MyNetwork because they were broadcast stations. I think we'll see somewhat of a drop with the move. Maybe they could rebroadcast on Univision?



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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.72
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    After NBC bowed out, WWE & UPN (and TNN) briefly discussed running a second season with a smaller league. Wikipedia's article says UPN wanted SmackDown shortened in exchange; I don't remember if this is correct, but it was around the time where UPN wanted to launch half hour sitcoms off SmackDown's popularity so that sounds right.

    The discussions may have not lasted more than a few hours before they decided just to fold the league.

    (edited by thecubsfan on 15.4.10 0935)


NBC killed it twice. I imagine at that point, Vince was pissed at them canceling it so quickly and just threw his hands up. Vince actually did NBC a *favor* by putting the league on a year earlier than he initially intended. NBC asked him to rush it out, and in doing so it was nowhere *near* as organized or polished as it could have been. Then they pulled the rug out after just one season.
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.40
So, is this considered a loss by CW or did they just let Smackdown go? It had to be one of their top shows.

What kind of numbers is the WWE hoping for when Smackdown moves? I can't see them being great. I only get SyFy on the tv that has the cable box the as of last year sometime.

Anyone know the length of the deal?





(edited by BigDaddyLoco on 17.4.10 1204)
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.40
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    So, is this considered a loss by CW or did they just let Smackdown go? It had to be one of their top shows.

    What kind of numbers is the WWE hoping for when Smackdown moves? I can't see them being great. I only get SyFy on the tv that has the cable box the as of last year sometime.

    Anyone know the length of the deal?





    (edited by BigDaddyLoco on 17.4.10 1204)


Smackdown has actually been on MyNetworkTV for the past two years. I think once MyNetwork gave up on being a real network (it became a "programming service", which means all reruns, in February '09), it was only a matter of time before Smackdown found another new home. No point in paying the relatively big bucks for Smackdown if you're trying to save money.

I think it's fair to say that this deal would be at least two years as well.
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