USA network will host the 1,000th episode of WWE SmackDown Live this fall, marking an historic night for the long-running series. The big event will air from the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC on October 16, 2018 and will air live on USA Network at 8/7C.
If you happen to live in the area, you can grab tickets starting on Friday, August 17th at 10am ET at the Capital One Arena box office via ticketmaster.com. The event will most likely sellout quickly but if you’re fast enough you can watch the event ringside.
“1,000 episodes is a tremendous milestone reinforcing the longevity and popularity of WWE,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “But it’s only the beginning, and the best is yet to come for SmackDown.”
As you can imagine, SmackDown live has become a very popular series over the past 1,000 episodes. The show has been on the air since 1999 and SmackDown Live is the second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. primetime history. It’s in good company, SmackDown Live is only behind Monday Night Raw.
SmackDown Live is also currently among the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on primetime cable and delivers more viewers in primetime than any cable network in the U.S. with an average of 2.9M viewers. SmackDown Live has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.
The show has always been a platform to launch successful film careers, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena, as well as the TV careers of The Bella Twins. The twins’ show, “Total Bellas,” was just greenlit for a fourth season by E! Entertainment. The series follows the lives of WWE Superstars Nikki Bella and Brie Bella. The third season of “Total Bellas” finished as its highest-rated season to-date among all key demographics drawing in nearly 1 million total viewers per episode, up 22% from the previous season among the core demographic. Other notable stars to make their mark in the ring include Undertaker, Triple H, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.