Extant Ratings CBS

Drama retains more than 90% of its premiere-night demo rating

It will face tougher timeslot competition in the coming weeks from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” but CBS drama “Extant” held up well in its second week, down just slightly from its premiere and winning its hour. CBS won the night, with its “Big Brother” the top program in demos, dominating Fox’s struggling “So You Think You Can Dance,” which hit a low.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” remained hot (2.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) up a tick from last week for its best Wednesday score in three weeks and easily the night’s top program in adults 18-49. It was followed by the second week of Halle Berry drama “Extant” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), which retained 94% of last week’s premiere (down a tenth), edging out NBC’s repeat of “America’s Got Talent” in 18-49 to win its time period in this demo as well as adults 25-54 (2.1/6). “Extant” was also the night’s most-watched program overall, down from the nearly 9.6 million for its premiere.

Things could get tougher next week, though, when NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” starts airing original episodes in the 9 o’clock hour; a special two-hour episode airs from 8 to 10 p.m. next week, and the hourlong 9 p.m. results shows begin the following week.

At Fox, the two-hour “So You Think You Can Dance” settled for a 1.0/4 in 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers overall, down two-tenths from last week (though likely one tenth in the nationals), when it had dropped to its series low. It was beaten in 18-49 by NBC’s repeat of “America’s Got Talent,” and didn’t finish much ahead of ABC’s repeat comedy block of “The Middle” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and a second “Middle” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).

CBS won the night’s 10 p.m. hour with a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), as the original dramas opposite it — ABC’s “Motive” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) and NBC’s “Taxi Brooklyn” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) — hit lows.

Preliminary national estimates for Wednesday: CBS, 1.5/5; Univision, 1.2/4; NBC, 1.1/4; Fox, 1.0/4; ABC, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.5 million; NBC, 5.5 million; Fox, 3.6 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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