It has been noted that due to the MLB Playoffs airing on FOX, WWE SmackDown will be moving to Fox Sports 1 on October 15 and 29.
WWE SmackDown will be moved
The FOX schedule lists the American League Championship Series for October 15 and game 3 of the World Series will air on FOX on the 29th. There is an ALCS game in between the 15th and 29th but that will air on FS1.
The WWE Draft is scheduled before the pre-emptions. At last word, per Andrew Zarian, WWE plans to do the draft on either 10/1 (SmackDown) and 10/4 (Raw) or on 10/4 (Raw) and 10/8 (SmackDown). Randy Orton Major ‘Heel Turn’ Rumor Leaks
Friday’s episode of SmackDown drew an average of 2.874 million viewers in the overnight ratings, according to SpoilerTV. Hour one drew 2.933 million viewers and hour two went down to 2.815 million viewers.
Much like the last few weeks, WWE was preempted in some markets by the NFL, so the overnight rating is inflated and will likely come down when the final ratings are reported on Monday. SmackDown also drew an average of 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which was number one for the night.
This is an increased by 28.5% from last week’s SmackDown overnight ratings, which drew an average of 2.237 million viewers with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic.