Fox is giving up on dramas and will instead air a two-hour Friday block of Smackdown Live, the WWE’s flagship program, instead. The new direction kicks off October 4th as part of Fox Sports’ new five-year agreement with the WWE. SmackDown Live averages 3 million among total viewers as the second-longest running weekly episodic cable TV show in primetime history, behind Monday Night Raw. “WWE and Fox are a perfect match,” said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. “Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage Fox’s extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming.” SmackDown Live has launched the careers of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and the Bella Twins.
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