Originally Posted by Headliner
I'll be surprised if Main-Event lasts for two full years honestly. Their track record with 3rd tier shows is pretty bad. ECW, NXT and Superstars were cancelled from networks due to poor ratings. This will be just like all of those other shows. It will start out good, then it will become another jobber show, people will stop watching, and the network will stop paying them.
That isn't what happened. ECW didn't get cancelled. They changed it to NXT. NXT was dropped by SyFy after the latter picked up Smackdown. It was more of a "We don't want to have multiple wrestling shows" decision, since NXT was their highest rated show (as ECW was prior to it).
Superstars dropped because the contract expired and the WWE didn't bother to try and renew it. They thought they had their WWE Network launching fairly soon, and they were going to toss Superstars onto it. They'd also planned to toss NXT onto the network, which is why they didn't really try to find someplace else to put it.
None of those shows failed due to ratings.