Sci-fi drama will air with “Criminal Minds” as a lead-in
CBS’ out-of-this world drama “Extant” is moving out of its timeslot.
Beginning Wednesday, the series — which stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns from a 13-month solo mission mysteriously pregnant — will shift from its 9 p.m. timeslot to 10 p.m., with repeats of “Criminal Minds” serving as a lead-in.
“Extant,” which counts Steven Spielberg among its executive producers, got off to a so-so ratings start with its July 9 premiere. The series premiere drew a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers, which made it the summer’s top new series premiere. Still, it was down considerably from “Under the Dome,” CBS’ summer event series last year, which scored a 3.3 rating among the key demographic.
For its most recent episode last week, “Extant” was down to a 1.1 rating/4 share.
The timeslot shift could help reverse that downslide, if two recent CBS reshufflings are an indication. Since moving from 9 to 10 p.m., the drama “Unforgettable” inched up in total viewers and surged in the key demo. After also shifting from 9 to 10 p.m., “Reckless” also inched up in total viewers, though it remains unchanged in the key demo.
“Extant” has shown significant growth in Live + 7 ratings, which take into account viewers tuning in for the original air date and the following seven days. In L + 7 numbers, the premiere episode of “Extant” climbed 31 percent in total viewers, adding nearly 3 million to its tally, and jumped 50 percent in the key demo, to a 2.4 rating.