The return of WWE Backstage on Saturday for the Royal Rumble was more or less in line with how the show performed during its regular run. Saturday’s one-time return of the show that previewed the Royal Rumble drew a 0.04 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic and 156,000 viewers. The rating was right on par with the average rating for the show’s 2020 run at a 0.42, while the audience was actually up 36% from the average 2020 viewership of 115,000 viewers.
WWE Backstage ran as a regular show from November of 2019 until June of last year. It generally underperformed in the ratings, spiking only when CM Punk would appear. (By comparison, Punk-featured episodes in 2020 averaged a 0.05 and 144,600 viewers while non-Punk episodes averaged a 0.37 and 100,000 viewers). Saturday’s special included a match between Natalya and Tamina to determine who would be #30 in the women’s Rumble, which Nattie won.
Backstage ranked #123 among cable originals for the night per Showbuzz Daily.