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

CBS Moves 'Extant' Finale Out of

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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  1. Let this be a lesson to us all: NEVER trust a network to produce a sci-fi program.

  2. Kyndra says:

    Once again I am disappointed with the television programming of ABC, CBS and I don’t even consider NBC worth thinking about. Extant is an ensemble show, what I like about Halle is she understands it can’t always be about her, its about the story with the other actors. I think the ideas in Extant are very creative not to mention the unfolding drama, each week I get more intrigued by the futuristic world of Extant.
    Yet these networks want to air trashy tv about people who aren’t actors with no script living in an apartment together, how can that be interesting to watch for more than 15 minutes. How can watching REAL people plot against each other for money on an island be interesting to watch. It is this unbelievably dull reality tv that has our children thinking that the true definition of BFF is fr-enemy.

  3. Linda Hooper says:

    Any tv show with ads weeks before airing are a desperate attempt to allure viewers.

    • Dehliaa says:

      Sorry…that is how all stations projwct new shows on Television; they didn’t need actress Halle Berry doing that. I actually like the entrigue, the fact that its sy-fi, and the suspense. Its way more interesting than “How I Met Your Mother”, The Middle, The Goldberg’s, Modern Family.” I don’t need to be entertained like a trained seal with popcorn and soda every night. These reality shows are not entertaining, if that is the norm then I guess Survivor is needed.

  4. Peter Bright says:

    I had reasonable expectations for this concept to “fly”, ( no pun intended), but it has not and it should be pulled and put to rest.

    It has gone beyond cartoonish and has become a waste of good talent across many categories.

    Peter Bright

  5. giobravo says:

    I get it, the show isn’t doing well but that shouldn’t reflect the concept of showing a program IN the summer. Its just that ONE which didn’t work. So they need one that will. V didn’t fly as a reboot on ABC either. There has to be some kind of allegory though. Something that says hey, we’ve got people coming here and its soon going to be very different. For all we know within a decade parts of Asia might be more American-influenced as China and all can’t seem to get enough of KFC. Its like their McDonald’s.

  6. Dunstan says:

    Right from the first commercial for this show, it looked deadly, having nothing to do with Ms. Berry. The concept just seemed laughable. Traditional network TV has fallen so far behind AMC, HBO, Showtime, FX etc. that it can never make up the ground lost in terms of quality programming.

  7. mojoartist says:

    What?! Well thanks CBS. Off my radar for today.

  8. Extant will Exit says:

    Typical for CBS…..a network not getting much right these days.

  9. djsmooth14 says:

    “Extant” I really enjoy watching this show. I will not watch “Big Brother” Congrats to CBS. :)

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