CBS Moves ‘Extant’ to 10 p.m., Away From Summer’s Top Show

Extant TV Review

After taking a hit in the ratings in its third outing last week, CBS’ Halle Berry-fronted sci-fi drama “Extant” is moving back an hour, starting this week. The move will enable the show to avoid going head-to-head with summer’s No. 1 show, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

“Extant,” which had been airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. behind “Big Brother,” will swap timeslots with repeats of “Criminal Minds.” The vet drama will now air at 9 p.m., its regular fall timeslot anyway, and will serve as a lead-in for “Extant.”

While “Big Brother” is a strong demo performer for CBS, it hasn’t always meshed well with scripted programming behind it, and the Eye would like to see how “Extant” fares with a more compatible — scripted drama — lead-in.

CBS tried a similar timeslot switch earlier this month with its Sunday dramas — and it has paid off. The new “Reckless,” which had been performing meekly at 9 p.m. behind “Big Brother” on Sundays, traded timeslots with the established “Unforgettable.” The Poppy Montgomery drama has increased its ratings at 9 p.m., while “Reckless” has held steady in the demo while gaining in total viewers at 10 o’clock.

The “Extant” timeslot move also allows the series to avoid a head-to-head showdown with “America’s Got Talent.” Last week, the first time an original “Talent” faced “Extant,” the NBC program trounced “Extant” in 18-49 (2.6 to 1.1) and total viewers (11.09 million to 6.48 million).

In updated Nielsen estimates released Monday by Nielsen, the series premiere of “Extant” jumped 50% in adults 18-49 (2.4 from 1.6) and 31% in total viewers (12.57 million from 9.58 million) when comparing its “live plus same-day” results to “live plus-7” (a full week’s worth of DVR playback).


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  1. Jusitn says:

    this is the best show on right now, go watch big brother retards

  2. Jill says:

    I love EXTANT. PLEASE KEEP IT ON TV :)))))!!!!!!!!

  3. jedi77 says:

    I may be wrong in thinking that this applies to anuone but me, but I have long since decided to stop watching “sci-fi mystery shows”. They all seem to be made without an ending in mind, which means that the journey will always be one of prolonged non-action/melodrama and to top it all off, the ending is stupid or non existent.

    I love sci-fi. I am a sci-fi nut. But the whole idea of good sci-fi is a good idea, and ideas includes the ending.

  4. CBS is Out of Touch with Reality and Viewers says:

    I never watched the show and do not intend to before it is canceled. CBS believes, for some reason, that sci-fi dramas will attract viewers, especially in the desired demographics. This thinking appears fallacious and without merit. Perhaps those in charge of making decisions, regarding network programming, need better creative counseling, more accurate research on what viewers want to see and a more realistic outlook about the viewing habits and demographics of society, as a whole.

  5. Dorothy says:

    The over kill of commercials for the show turned me off. I didn’t bother to even turn it on, I don’t think moving it will do much good. I don’t think her movies have done that well lately, not every movie star has a hit on TV.

  6. Steve says:

    I’m a Hallie Berry fan but the commercials for this show just don’t make me want to watch. I have a feeling it’s toast.

  7. Let's see what changing the time the show is airs does............ says:

    Does CBS own Nielsen? Strange how the numbers can change so drastically.

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