Of course, it does make you wonder about certain shows. I can't picture Sym-Bionic Titan or Secret Saturdays being very good merchandise fodder. If it's so important to CN it seems odd to choose something like that.
Well, like I said, maybe budget has something to do with it. YJ and GL seem to be more lavish productions. The more expensive a show is to make, the harder it is to keep it on the air. But that's just speculation.
Are SBT and SS based on preexisting properties? I'm thinking they probably owe DC a fair amount for the properties.
No. Sym-Bionic Titan
was an original creation of Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of Dexter's Laboratory
and Samurai Jack
and director of the 2D Star Wars: Clone Wars
"microseries"), and The Secret Saturdays
was a Jonny Quest
-inspired adventure series created by Canadian animator Jay Stephens.
So yeah, you may be right. Even though Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment are all under the same corporate umbrella, the network would still have to pay DC for the license to the comics characters, which would make those shows more expensive than their originals.
Of course, both Titan
have also been cancelled, the former lasting one season and the latter running for two. So those aren't the best comparisons.
The best-performing property on CN these days seems to be the Ben 10
franchise, which was an original creation but is also a merchandising juggernaut.