CBS Tweaks Premiere Week Schedule After Disappointing Ratings Performance for Drama Series

Aug 5, 2014  •  Post A Comment

CBS is scuttling plans to devote valuable prime-time real estate during premiere week to a show that has been a ratings disappointment. Variety reports that the Tiffany Network has booted the finale of the Halle Berry drama “Extant” from premiere week.

Instead, the network will air episodes of “Survivor” and “Big Brother” on the opening Wednesday of the new TV 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,” the piece reports.

“Extant’s” most recent episode averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.92 million total viewers.



  1. Move the show to syfy. Show is great. Do marketing.

  2. I wanted this show to work, to succeed. For me it has not done so.

    A lot of good, talented people have put their best mark on this from conception on, but the end result has been way short of the mark. The story line is too predictable and some of the characters, as written, are merely two dimension characterizations.

    I think they should have it quietly fade to black and rest in peace.
    Peter Bright

  3. The production values on the show are great. The supporting characters are strong. the story is interesting. Halle Barry is not a strong actress in this tv type environment, and it shows, but she does ok. I am sorry to hear it is a series. I think it would have done better to be in a True Detective format. I don’t think they can sustain the tension over seasons.

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