CBS’ Extant launched on Wednesday with 9.6 million total viewers — the night’s largest audience — and a 1.6 rating (per finals), placing second in the demo only to lead-in Big Brother and standing as the summer’s most watched and highest-rated series debut.
The Halle Berry-fronted sci-fi series — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B+” — matched Under the Dome’s Season 2 premiere audience yet fell shy of its 2.1 demo rating. (NBC notes that in head-to-head competition at 9pm, an America’s Got Talent rerun tied the well-promoted Extant‘s demo delivery, and that its The Night Shift also debuted to a 1.6.)
Opening CBS’ night, the aforementioned Big Brother (6.1 mil/1.9) added some viewers and a tenth in the demo week-to-week.
* Leading out of the AGT rerun, NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn (4.6 mil/0.9) shed a few eyeballs and a tenth in the demo.
* Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (3.7 mil/1.2) dipped 10 percent and two tenths.
* ABC’s Motive (4.2 mil/0.9) ticked up a tenth.