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WWE Backstage ratings decline with no CM Punk appearance


Following last week's episode that featured a heavily promoted appearance by CM Punk, Tuesday's edition of WWE Backstage on FS1 averaged 121,000 viewers, down from 180,000 last week.

An appearance by WWE COO Paul "HHH" Levesque was the most promoted aspect from this week's show as Punk was not advertised to appear. This week's panel featured regulars Renee Young, Christian, Paige, Samoa Joe, and Booker T. 

Backstage drew a 0.05 rating in the 18-49 demographic, placing it 125th in the demo for the day on cable. 

A preview episode of WWE Backstage, which aired on October 16th following a ALCS baseball game, did 597,000 viewers. A second episode that aired after a special episode of SmackDown on FS1 did 426,000 viewers.

Here are the viewership numbers for the last four episodes since settling in to its regular Tuesday 11 PM Eastern time slot:

  • November 5 -- 49,000
  • November 12 -- 100,000
  • November 19 -- 180,000 
  • November 26 -- 120,000