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WWE Backstage viewership drops for New Year's Eve show

On a busy night for live TV coverage, the New Year's Eve edition of WWE Backstage saw viewership drop to an average of 97,000.

That was a considerable dip from the Christmas Eve episode that averaged 153,000 viewers and is the third-lowest in the series' young history. In the 18-49 demo, the show drew a 0.03 rating, down .02 from Christmas Eve.

College football and New Year's Eve live coverage dominated the night, both on cable and broadcast TV. Utah/Texas (5.6 million viewers and 1.31 18-49 demo rating), Navy/Kansas State, and Virginia Tech/Kentucky took up three of the top four spots on cable with sports studio shows garnering the other two.

Here's an updated look at Backstage's viewership since its official premiere:

  • November 5 -- 49,000 viewers 
  • November 12 -- 100,000 viewers
  • November 19 -- 180,000 viewers (CM Punk's debut as an analyst)
  • November 26 -- 121,000 viewers
  • December 3 --138,000 viewers
  • December 10 -- 127,000 viewers (CM Punk's second appearance)
  • December 17 -- 95,000 viewers
  • December 24 -- 153,000 viewers
  • December 31 -- 97,000 viewers