History of WWE Television Programs (1982-2014)

Compiled by Chris Harrington (chris.harrington@gmail.com)

One element of WWE financial success that has really interested me in the evolution of their television programming and TV Rights Fees. Before 1999, they were making about less than $8M in TV Rights Fees (and $10-$12M in TV Advertising). By 2012, they made $139.5M in TV Rights Fees split $88.9M domestic and $50.6M int'l (and a paltry $1.4M in TV Advertising).

I wanted to look at when the WWF had the most hours of original television programming broadcast each week in the US.
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It took me awhile to compile all of the data. Please let me know if you spot any corrections.
This doesn't include (yet) special broadcasts of live events on MSG Network, HBO/NESN/Showtime or any of the PPVs.


Note how the programming has gone from about half broadcast/syndicated and half cable to almost entirely cable channels with the key point being when Smackdown! moved to SyFy (then SciFi) in 2010.

1972-1982
2 hours - 2 hours syndicated
1 hour: All Star Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated show (started by May 1972)
1 hour: Championship Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated show (started by May 1972)

1983
2 hours (Jan-July), 3 hours (Aug-Dec) - 2 hours syndicated, 1 hour USA
2 hours: All Star Wrestling (1 hour) and Championship Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated shows
1 hour: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network *new* (began August 1983)

1984
3 hours (Jan-May), 4 hours (June), 5 hours (July-Dec) - 2 hours syndicated, 2 hours USA, 1 hour on TBS
2 hours: All Star Wrestling (1 hour) and Championship Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated shows
1 hour: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network
1 hour: Tuesday Night Titans (1 hour) - USA network *new* (started end of may 1984)
1 hour: WWF on TBS *new* - (Black Saturday, started 7/14/84)
Recap: WWF Superstars of Wrestling - syndicated (??)

1985
7 hours (Jan-Mar), 6 hours (April-Dec) - 3 hours syndicated, 3 hours USA, 1 hour TBS (through March)
2 hours: All Star Wrestling (1 hour) and Championship Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated shows
2 hours: All American Wrestling (1 hour), Tuesday Night Titans (1 hour) - USA network
2 hours: Prime Time Wrestling - USA network *new* (began Jan 1985)
1 hour: WWF on TBS/Georgia Championship Wrestling *last season* (ended 3/30/85)
Specials: Saturday Night's Main Event (*new*, 5/11/85, 10/5/85, 11/2/85) - NBC
Specials: War to Settle the Score (2/18/85, MTV)
Recap: WWF Superstars of Wrestling - syndicated (??)

1986
6 hours (Jan-August), 5 hours (Sept-Dec) - 3 hours syndicated, 3 hours USA
2 hours: All Star Wrestling (1 hour), Championship Wrestling (1 hour) -syndicated shows; *last seasons* (final episodes 8/30/86)
3 hours: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network, Prime Time Wrestling (2 hours)
1 hour: Tuesday Night Titans (1 hour) - USA network; *last season* (ended Sept 1986)
1 hour: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour) - Syndicated show *new* (began Sept 1986, replaced All Star Wrestling)
1 hour: Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated *new* (began Sept 1986) - this source says they were already broadcasting a recap show as "Superstars of Wrestling" prior to this, but obviously this was the reboot that christened Superstars as WWF's syndicated A-show (replaced Championship Wrestling)
1 hour: Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated (this was the syndicated C-show)
Specials: Saturday Night's Main Event (1/4/86, 3/1/86, 5/3/86, 10/4/86, 11/29/86) - NBC

1987
6 hours - 3 hours syndicated, 3 hours USA
3 hours: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network, Prime Time Wrestling (2 hours)
3 hours: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour), Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour), Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated
Specials: Saturday Night's Main Event (1/3/86, 3/14/87, 5/2/87, 10/3/87, 11/28/87) - NBC

1988-1991
6 hours - 3 hours syndicated, 3 hours USA
3 hours: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network, Prime Time Wrestling (2 hours)
2 hours: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour), Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour), Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated
Specials: Saturday Night's Main Event (1/2/88, 3/12/88, 4/30/88, 10/29/88, 11/26/88, 1/7/89, 3/11/89, 5/27/89, 7/29/89, 10/14/89, 11/25/89, 1/27/90, 4/28/90, 7/28/90, 10/13/90,4/27/91) - NBC
Specials: The Main Event (2/5/88, 2/3/89, 2/23/90, 10/30/90, 1/28/91) *new in 1988* - NBC
Specials: Survivor Series Showdown (11/12/89, 11/18/90, 11/24/91) - USA

1992
6 hours - 2 hours syndicated, 3 hours USA
3 hours: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network
2 hours: Prime Time Wrestling (2 hours) - USA network *last season* (ended 1/4/93)
2 hours: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour), Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour), Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated
Specials: Saturday Night's Main Event (2/8/92, 11/14/92) *last season* - moved to Fox
Specials: March to WM (3/10/92), Survivor Series Showdown (11/22/92) - USA

1993
5 hours - 2 hours syndicated, 2 hours USA
1 hour: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network
3 hours: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour), Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour), Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated
1 hour: Monday Night RAW (1 hour) *new* - USA network (began 1/11/93)
Recap Show: WWF Mania - USA network *new* (Saturday Mornings, call-in; began Jan 1993)
Specials: March to WM (3/7/93), Survivor Series Showdown (11/21/93)

1994
5 hours - 2 hours syndicated, 2 hours USA
3 hours: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour), Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour), Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated
1 hour: Monday Night RAW (1 hour) - USA network
1 hour: All American Wrestling (1 hour) - USA network *last season* (ended October 1994)
1 hour: Action Zone (1 hour) - USA network *new* (started October 1994; replaced All American Wrestling)
Recap Show: WWF Mania - USA network
Specials: March to WM (3/13/94), Sunday Night Slam (8/21/94, 11/20/94)

1995
5 hours (Jan-August), 4 hours (Sept-Dec) = 2 hours syndicated, 2 hours USA
2 hours: Monday Night RAW (1 hour) - USA network, Action Zone (1 hour); Action Zone became a recap show after September 1995
1 hour: Wrestling Challenge (1 hour) - syndicated *last season* (last episode 8/27/95)
1 hour: Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated
1 hour: Wrestling Spotlight (1 hour) - syndicated *last season* (likely ended around the same time as Wrestling Challenge)
Recap Show: WWF Mania - USA network
Specials: Sunday Night Slam - USA Network (3/26/95, 6/25/95) 

1996
3 hours (Jan-Sept), 2 hours (Oct-Dec) = 2 hour USA/1 hour syndicated; 2 hours USA
1 hour: Monday Night RAW (1 hour) - USA network
1 hour: Action Zone (1 hour); *last season* (last episode 9/15/96); Action Zone was replaying RAW/Superstars matches by this point - USA network
1 hour: Superstars of Wrestling (1 hour) - syndicated version ended in September 1996, this show moved to USA to replace Action Zone
Recap Show: WWF Mania - USA network *last season* (ended in September 1996; was replaced by Livewire)
Recap Show: Livewire *new* replaced WWF Mania

1997 
3 hours (Jan), 4 hours (Feb), 3 hours (Mar-Dec) = 2 hours USA, 1 hour syndicated
2 hours: Monday night Raw (1 hour Jan 1997, 2 hours Feb-Dec 1997) - USA Network; RAW expanded to 2 hours starting 2/3/97
1 hour: Shotgun Saturday Night *new* - syndicated (began in 1/4/1997)
1 hour: Superstars (1 hour) - USA *became a recap show following the 3/9/97 episode*
Recap Show: Livewire, Superstars (March-Dec) USA

1998
3 hours (Jan-July), 4 hours (August-Nov), 4.5 hours (Dec) = 3 hours USA, 30 minutes Univision, 1 hour Syndicated
2 hours: Monday Night Raw - USA
1 hour: Shotgun Saturday Night - syndicated (there were other versions such as 
1 hour: Sunday Night Heat - USA (began 8/2/98) *new*
30 minutes: Super Astros *new* - Univision (started 11/22/98)
Recap Show: Livewire, Superstars - USA

1999
4.5 hours (Jan-August), 6 hours (Sept-Dec) = 3 hours USA, 2 hours UPN, 1 hour syndicated, 30 minutes Univison (Jan-early Sept)
3 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours), Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown - UPN (4/29/99 special, debut 8/26/99)
1 hour: Shotgun Saturday Night - syndicated *last season* (final episode 8/21/99)
1 hour: Jakked/Metal - syndicated *new* (started 9/4/99) / these were two syndicated shows with the same matches but edited with different announcers and order
30 minutes: Super Astros - Univision * last season (ended 9/5/99)
Recap Show: Livewire, Superstars - USA

2000
6 hours
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA (Jan-Sept), TNN (9/25 through Dec)
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN 
1 hour: Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - USA (through Sept), MTV (starting Oct)
1 hour: Jakked/Metal - syndicated 
Recap Show: Livewire, Superstars - USA (Jan-Sept), TNN (Oct through Dec)

2001
6 hours
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - TNN
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN 
1 hour: Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - MTV
1 hour: Jakked/Metal - syndicated 
Recap Show: Excess (2 hours, started 8/25/01) replaced Livewire and Superstars - TNN *new*

2002
6 hours (Jan-May), 7 hours (June-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - TNN
1 hour: Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - MTV
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN 
1 hour: Jakked/Metal - syndicated *last season* (ended 5/18/02, replaced by Afterburn/Bottom Line recap syndicated shows and Velocity on TNN)
1 hour: Velocity - TNN *new* (started 5/25/02)
1 hour: Confidential - TNN *new* (started 5/25/02) - new program, magazine show
Recap Show: Excess (2 hours, ended 5/18/02) - TNN *last season*
Recap Show: Afterburn (started May, replaced Metal), Bottom Line (started May, replaced Jakked) - syndicated

2003
7 hours
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - SpikeTV (TNN rebrands to SpikeTV in early 2003)
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN 
1 hour: Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - MTV (through 3/30), SpikeTV (starting 4/6)
2 hours: Velocity, Confidential - SpikeTV (TNN rebrands to SpikeTV in early 2003)
Recap Show: Afterburn (Smackdown!/Velocity), Bottom Line (RAW/Heat) - syndicated

2004
7 hours (Jan-April), 6 hours (May-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - SpikeTV 
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN 
1 hour: Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - SpikeTV
1 hour: Velocity - SpikeTV
1 hour: Confidential - SpikeTV *last season* (ended 4/24/04)
Recap Show: Afterburn (Smackdown!/Velocity), Bottom Line (RAW/Heat) - syndicated
Recap Show: Experience *new* - syndicated (started May 2004)

2005
6 hours (Jan-Sept), 4 hours (Oct-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - SpikeTV (through Sept), USA (starting 10/3/05)
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN (moved to Friday nights in the Fall and became Friday Night Smackdown!)
1 hour: Sunday night Heat (1 hour) - *last season* SpikeTV (through 9/25); moved off US television and on to WWE.com where it remained until 5/30/08
1 hour: Velocity (1 hour) - *last season* SpikeTV (through 9/25); moved off US television and on to WWE.com where it remained until 6/10/06
Recap Show: Experience, Afterburn, Bottom Line - syndicated in US ended in September 2005
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA (started October 2005)

2006
4 hours (Jan-May), 5 hours (June-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - UPN (through 9/15), CW (starting 9/22)
1 hour: ECW - SciFi *new* (started 6/13)
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2007
5 hours
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - CW
1 hour: ECW - SciFi 
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2008
5 hours
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - CW (through Sept), MyNetworkTV (starting in Oct)
1 hour: ECW - SciFi 
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2009
5 hours (Jan-March), 6 hours (April-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - MyNetworkTV
1 hour: ECW - SyFy (SciFi rebrands to SyFy in July)
1 hour: WWE Superstars (started 4/16)- WGN America
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2010
6 hours (Jan-Sept), 5 hours (Oct-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - MyNetworkTV (through Sept), SyFy (starting Oct)
1 hour: ECW - SyFy (ended 2/16) *last season* (NXT replaced it)
1 hour: NXT - SyFy (started 2/23) *new*/*last season* (lasted until 9/28)
1 hour: WWE Superstars - WGN America
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2011
5 hours (Jan-March), 4 hours (April-Dec)
2 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - SyFy
1 hour: WWE Superstars (ended 4/11; moved to wwe.com)- WGN America
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2012
4 hours (Jan-June), 5 hours (July-August), 5.5 hours (Sept), 6.5 hours (Oct-Dec)
2/3 hours: Monday Night Raw (2 hours through July 16,3 hours starting 7/23) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - SyFy
1 hour: Main Event (starting 10/3) - Ion
30 minutes: Saturday Morning Slam (starting 8/25) - CW
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2013
6.5 hours (Jan-April), 6 hours (May)
3 hours: Monday Night Raw (3 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - SyFy
1 hour: Main Event - Ion
30 minutes: Saturday Morning Slam (through 5/11) - CW
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

2014
3 hours: Monday Night Raw (3 hours) - USA
2 hours: Smackdown! - SyFy
1 hour: Main Event - Ion (Jan-April); Main Event - WWE Network (May-Dec.)
Recap Show: AM Raw - USA

Links to Results
Tuesday Night Titans results
Action Zone Results
Super Astros Results
WWF on TBS Results
Jakked/Metal Results
Velocity Results
Other WWF TV Results

Amazing mid-2000 WWF Fansite

SMACKDOWN & RAW
YEAR RAW network SMACKDOWN network
1999 5.90 Monday, USA 4.37 Thursday, UPN (special 4/29; weekly starting 8/26)
2000 5.88 Monday, USA (Jan-Sept), TNN (Sept-Dec) 4.73 Thursday, UPN
2001 4.64 Monday, TNN 4.03 Thursday, UPN
2002 4.01 Monday, TNN 3.52 Thursday, UPN
2003 3.76 Monday, Spike TV (TNN rebrands) 3.30 Thursday, UPN
2004 3.67 Monday, Spike TV 3.18 Thursday, UPN
2005 3.81 Monday, Spike TV (Jan-Sept), USA (Oct-Dec) 3.04 UPN, Thursday (Jan-Aug.), Friday (Sept-Dec.)
2006 3.90 Monday, USA 2.46 Friday, UPN (Jan-9/15); CW (9/22-Dec.)
2007 3.61 Monday, USA 2.64 Friday, CW
2008 3.27 Monday, USA 2.33 Friday, CW (Jan-Sept); MyNetworkTV (Oct.-Dec.)
2009 3.57 Monday, USA 1.94 Friday, MyNetworkTV
2010 3.28 Monday, USA 1.81 Friday, MyNetworkTV (Jan-Sept.); SyFy (Oct-Dec.)
2011 3.21 Monday, USA 1.95 Friday, SyFy
2012 3.00 Monday, USA, 3-hours (starting July) 1.89 Friday, SyFy
2013 3.01 Monday, USA, 3-hours 1.92 Friday, SyFy
2014 3.05 Monday, USA, 3-hours 1.91 Friday, SyFy

Sources
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Chris Harrington,
May 31, 2013, 6:31 AM
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