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CBS Moves ‘Extant’ Finale Out of Premiere Week; ‘Big Brother’ Finale to Air Instead

CBS has decided against ending Halle Berry drama “Extant” during premiere week, as originally announced, and will now go with a “Survivor”-“Big Brother” combo on the opening Wednesday of the season.

The move is not a surprise, as sluggish ratings for “Extant” suggest it wouldn’t have held up well opposite season premieres of shows like “Modern Family” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Instead, the drama will wrap its first season a week earlier, on Sept. 17.

In its most recent airing, in its new 10 p.m. time period, “Extant” averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.92 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates. It the hour, it beat the firstrun dramas on NBC (“Taxi Brooklyn”) and ABC (“Motive”).

To fill out Sept. 24, CBS has scheduled an expanded, 90-minute premiere of “Survivor,” to be followed by the 90-minute finale of “Big Brother.” The 29th edition of “Survivor,” broadcast from San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and themed “Blood vs. Water,” will feature a cast of all-new contestants competing against a loved one.

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