WWE Backstage Viewership, WWE Impacts FOX Earnings, Super Bowl Ratings, more


-- Last night's WWE Backstage audience held steady at 97,000 viewers with the rating in the 18-49 demographic trending up to 0.05 compared to 0.04 last week.

-- In non-wrestling news, for those wondering what sort of viewership numbers the Super Bowl pulled in on Sunday night: the pre-show generated half-hour viewership of 10.4 million, 12.7 million, 16.6 million, 22.5 million and 32.5 million. The pre-kick off festivities were watched by 60.9 million while the game itself averaged a whopping 99.9 million, including a 29.9 share in 18-49. The post-show averaged 83.5 million for the first 10 minutes immediately after the game and 57.0 million for the rest. FOX Sports was touting that almost 150 million watched some or part of the game across all platforms.

-- Ahead of an extremely important conference call tomorrow, WWE stock closed at exactly $49 per share today, up almost 3.5% from yesterday. In after hours trading, the stock slipped slightly to $48.27 as of this writing.

-- FOX Corp. released their earnings report this week and of interest to wrestling fans, their broadcast TV segment posted a loss of $214 million, compared to a loss of $14 million in the prior-year quarter. One of the reasons the company cited as a reason for this dip was the costs required to launch Friday Night Smackdown, which debuted on the network in October.