It has been reported today that Fox has cancelled WWE Backstage as an ongoing weekly show.
Backstage has aired on Fox Sports 1 in the US had aired each Tuesday since SmackDown’s debut on the main Fox channel in September 2019.
Ratings have been weak with an average of around 130,000 for the hour-long show.
Backstage has been most well known for being the vehicle for CM Punk’s first involvement with WWE since he left the company in early 2014. Punk was employed by Fox as a regular contributor to the show’s panel.
Now, US based sports-journalist Jon Alba has reported that Fox has cancelled Backstage as a weekly show and will instead only produce episodes around PPVs and ‘big shows.’
FS1 will be stripping WWE Backstage back to airing only around PPVs and big shows, but none of the cuts will affect Smackdown's status on Friday nights on Fox, as reported by @Ourand_SBJ. Says around 20 people lost jobs today through boxing and #WWE divisions.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) June 23, 2020
This has reportedly meant the loss of 20 jobs within Fox’s production department as they restructure their business in the wake of plummeting advertising revenues as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Prior to #WWE moving to Fox, there was an entire division being put together dedicated solely to the WWE product. There were feature producers being brought on. They were searching for on-air talent. It certainly seemed like a major investment.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) June 22, 2020
Appears today that's mostly over.
It is suggested also that any plans for further investment in programming on Fox to build around the WWE brand have been placed on hold or cancelled.