Saturday Night's Main Event

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Saturday Night's Main Event
Format Sports entertainment
Created by Vince McMahon
Dick Ebersol
Starring World Wrestling Entertainment roster
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 36
Production
Running time 1 hour, 30 minutes per episode (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
FOX (2 episodes in 1992)
Original airing May 11, 1985–November 14, 1992
March 18, 2006
Other websites
Official website

Saturday Night's Main Event was a professional wrestling television show that was aired as a special 36 times by World Wrestling Entertainment. Saturday Night's Main Event was a tremendous ratings success for NBC during its heyday, most notably on the March 14, 1987 show, which drew an 11.6 rating, which to this day remains the highest rating any show has ever done in that time slot. That show was headlined by a battle royal featuring Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who were slated to face each other at WrestleMania III. As Hogan rarely wrestled on the WWF syndicated and cable television shows, Saturday Night's Main Event was the program on free television where most viewers were able to see him in action[1].

The Main Event[change | edit source]

The success of Saturday Night's Main Event led to several Friday night prime time specials, known as The Main Event. The first of these, on February 5, 1988 featured a WrestleMania III rematch between Hogan and André and drew 33 million viewers and a 15.2 rating, which is still the highest-rated television show in professional wrestling history. This event was shown live. The late night shows however were always taped 1–2 weeks prior to airing.[2]

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