The XFL was not as big of a success as the networks had hoped; in many respects it was a dismal failure. There were many reasons why it did not fare as it probably should:

The XFL unfortunately got the lowest television ratings of any show since they started calculating ratings at one point. No one was watching it. The hardcore football fans had already put away their beer helmets, and the wrestling fans were not impressed enough by any of it to convert them over. It wasn't really great television to begin with, but the only reason why it got any nods was because it directed by Vince McMahon. Perhaps next time, he should stick to the script: Don't cue football after the season.