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WWE Backstage viewership up to 180k for CM Punk's debut as analyst

Ratings for WWE Backstage last night were up following last week's CM Punk debut.

This week’s episode did 180,000 viewers. That number would be up from last week’s 100,000, and way up from the 49,000 the show did in their first week in their regular time slot. It was the 104th most watched show of the evening after failing to enter the top 150 since their November 5 premiere.

The first preview episode of WWE Backstage, which aired on October 16 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.

Renee Young interviewed Punk during the second segment of last night's Backstage where he talked about how he ended up getting the new gig as an analyst. He reiterated that he is under contract to FOX, not WWE, and that while he’s old enough to know not to say no, a return to WWE isn’t something he’s currently looking for.