CBS’ Wednesday scheduling move to swap Extant and Criminal Minds achieved exactly the same result the network’s similar switch on Sunday had — boosting the veteran behind Big Brother and stabilizing the newcomer at 10 PM. Following Big Brother (2.2, down a tenth from last week) at 9 PM was a Criminal Minds repeat (1.1), up 22% from last Wednesday when the crime drama’s encore aired at 10 PM. Making its 10 PM debut, Extant (1.1) was even with last week vs. a 37% week-to-week drop logged by the sci-fi drama last Wednesday.
Extant shared the No. 1 spot in its new slot with NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn (1.1, even with last week’s fast national) but the tie may not hold. Taxi Brooklyn‘s number include a minute overrun from America’s Got Talent (2.2, down a tenth from last week’s fast national) and will likely be adjusted down a tenth like it did last week, with AGT expected to again go up a tenth.The third original summer drama in the 10 PM hour, ABC’s Motive (0.7), was up a tenth from last Wednesday. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.1) was flat.
The CW may be known for its young heartthrobs on the drama side, but in alternative comedy, it is seasoned pros that have delivered. After the success with Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the CW saw a promising debut last night for Penn & Teller: Fool Us. The series featuring the veteran entertainers drew 1.76 million viewers and a 0.5 in adults 18-49. That ranks as the CW’s second-most-watched summer series premiere ever, behind last year’s debut of Whose Line, and the best summer demo launch since Whose Line.