NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

"Just because it's going to be the A Show on a much stronger network for viewership than SmackDown will draw when Raw should, in theory, stay the same".

WWE's television future took an interesting turn on Wednesday, as NBCUniversal reportedly declined to re-up its current deal for SmackDown Live in an attempt to keep Monday Night Raw. Fox has been speculated as a home for Smackdown, sources say. Initially airing on SyFy, they moved SD to United States of America full time in January 2016, but while it now boasts the sixth biggest audience among original cable shows, the blue brand will likely be ditched in favour of keeping Raw. "From our end, [we don't think] it's an issue to split it", said Barrios. We think we're pretty good at promoting and moving our viewers from one platform to another.

WWE chief financial officer George Barrios earlier this week when asked about Raw and Smackdown airing on differrent networks. Variety reports that in addition to FOX, Facebook and Amazon are top contenders for the rights to Smackdown. This also means that WWE Raw will probably continue to be three hours long.

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