Syfy pinned down 2.5 million viewers for its Oct. 1 premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Syfy's debut of the weekly pro wrestling series, which moved to the "imagine greater" network from MyNetworkTV, was the most watched show on Syfy in the Friday 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot since an October 2008 episode of Ghost Hunters Live, according to network officials.
The SmackDown premiere averaged 988,000 adults 18-49 and 1 million adults 25-54, while delivering the most male 12-34 viewers since the October 2009 premiere of Saw III.
The series also bodyslammed the performances from new episodes of Fox' The Good Guys and CW's Smallville and Supernatural. Compared to Syfy's third quarter average in the time period, SmackDown posted a 91% increase in total viewers, a 93% increase in adults18-49 and a 72% gain in adults 25-54, said the network.