‘Extant’ Ratings Rise In New Slot, ‘Last Comic Standing’ Returns Down, ‘Home Free’ Debuts OK

Proving once again that location, location, location can be everything, especially in primetime, CBS’ time slot shift for Extant (0.7/2) showed immediate results on Wednesday. In its first night back in the 9 PM post-Big Brother (1.8/7) slot where the Halle Berry series debuted in back in 2014, the struggling Extant saw a 17% rise among adults 18-49 from its July 15 show. That 10 PM telecast of the sci-fi show was a series low for Extant. While lead-in BB dipped 10% from last week, the vet reality show still proved the top-rated and second-most-watched show of the slowish night that saw demo biting Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! over on Syfy and overall 18-49 usage slipping 2%.

Overall, CBS came in second to NBC in terms of ratings and viewership for Wednesday’s primetime. With an America’s Got Talent (1.2/5) auditions recap and the ninth season debut of Last Comic Standing (1.5/5) on offering, the Comcast-owned network drew a 1.4/5 rating and an audience of 5.92 million. The most-watched show of the night, LCS’s viewership of 6.05 million was the best premiere the show has had since its Season 5 debut in 2007 – though the show wasn’t on in 2009 or from 2011- 13. Even though it was the second-highest-rated show of the night among the key demo, the new LCS season launch wasn’t so much fun. Last night’s Last Comic Standing had a 12% drop among the 18-49s from the May 22, 2014 debut of the previous season.

Fox’s MasterChef (1.4/6) remained pretty steady with its July 15 show with a 7% dip in the demo. However, the debut of the Mike Holmes-hosted give-away show Home Free (0.9/2) saw a decline of 18% that the May 27 premiere of Bullseye had in the same slot on the same night.

ABC and The CW were all encores on Wednesday night.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2015/07/extant-ratings-rise-last-comic-standing-home-free-nbc-1201483932/