Ratings: CBS Drama ‘Extant’ Returns Quietly Wednesday

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Big Brother” helped CBS capture Wednesday’s ratings race in key categories, but the network got little help from sci-fi drama “Extant,” which returned with low numbers. Overall viewership levels was down across the board heading into the long holiday weekend.

According to preliminary national estimates, the Halle Berry-fronted series averaged a 0.7 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour, placing third among ABC, CBS and NBC in the demo and establishing a series low. The show bowed with a solid 1.6 demo rating and 9.58 million viewers overall in July of last year but fell off sharply from there, valleying with a 0.8 in 18-49 and 4.64 million total viewers with its penultimate episode. It was a surprise when CBS opted to renew it, though that’s largely due to a deal with Amazon that helps make the show profitable for the network regardless of the ratings.

CBS fared better earlier Wednesday with “Big Brother” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which was the night’s No. 1 show despite being down about 10% from its premiere of last week.  It was followed by a repeat “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), which served as the lead-in for “Extant.”

For the night, CBS tied with NBC and Fox for the lead in 18-49 while winning outright in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Fox was about even with last week with its unscripted combo of “MasterChef” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), which aired its 100th episode, and “Bullseye” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).

NBC was competitive despite airing repeats of its popular summer reality shows “America’s Got Talent” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “American Ninja Warrior” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall). “Ninja Warrior” won its two-hour time period, and in the 10 o’clock hour it beat ABC’s “Wife Swap” by 50% (1.2 vs. 0.8) and CBS’ “Extant” by 71% (1.2 vs. 0.7).

ABC aired repeats of “The Middle” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was down 0.2 from last week to tie its series low.

CW went with repeats of “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, NBC and Fox, 1.2/4; ABC, 0.8/3; Univision, 0.7/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.5 million; NBC, 4.7 million; Fox, 3.6 million; ABC, 3.2 million; Univision, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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  1. i actually like the series

  2. buffalobilly says:

    how is this flop still on ????

  3. Karen says:

    sorry but Halle is just a rotten actress.

  4. CH Morrison says:

    Because there is no plot. It’s just a bunch of people conspiring against each other. Ditching the Husband was good move and bringing on the new Detective looks promising. But it needs progress in a definitive plot people can comprehend. It’s not real syfy.

  5. Abel Garcia says:

    Quietly may be too kind a word-“a bomb” would probably be a better fit!

  6. nara tims says:

    “Extant,”should extinct, just like under the doom and other dark world TV series, their all the same storyline from the UN-original SCIFI cable channel series.
    Old tired worn out, no real imagination recycled manure.
    Reality TV shows are about the only original thinking left and they are wearing thin on the public.

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