The Charts: Extant is Slipping Out of the Top 25, Sharknado 2 Tops the Nielsen Twitter Ratings for the Week

By | August 7, 2014


extant-cbs-cancelledHigh profile CBS series Extant–starring Halle Berry and executive produced by Steven Spielberg–continues to experience ratings woes.  It’s numbers have been dropping after having a less than spectacular debut and it is also slipping out of the charts.  In last week’s Top 25 based on the ratings in the 18-49 demographic, the show dropped to the Number 22 slot.  It is still at Number 16 in the total viewers chart, but it is slipping down on that one as well.  It will almost certainly drop again for the current week based on last night’s low point of a 1.0 rating in the demo with 5.9 million total viewers.  It has to be considered a disappointment for CBS but the deal with Amazon where they are picking up part of the production costs in exchange for exclusive streaming rights could still keep it alive.  The other Summer sci fi show from CBS–Under the Dome–has also been slipping in the charts but it still holding onto the Top 15 based on ratings and total viewers.  Both shows continue to do well in the General Sentiment charts which track social activity across multiple sites, so maybe that will help them.  As for the cable shows and the other social network rankings, all the usual suspects showed up last week with an additional appearance of Sharknado 2: The Second One at the top of the Nielsen Twitter Rankings and at the Number 8 slot on the cable Top 25 based on total viewers (and according to Syfy’s spin department, somewhere around a gozillion people apparently watched it at some point last week).  It did not make it onto the General Sentiment charts, but they apparently only track ongoing shows.  Also, NBC’s low-rated pirate series Crossbones made it to the bottom of the GS Top 25 for its final two episodes which were aired back to back last Saturday.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of July 28th thru August 3rd:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Sharknado 2: The Second One Syfy 1 n/a Up
Teen Wolf MTV 5 6 Up
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
The Last Ship TNT 6 6 Same 4.2 4.4
Sharknado 2: The Second One Syfy 8 n/a Up 3.9 n/a
True Blood HBO 14 11 Down 3.4 3.4
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Under the Dome CBS 13 11 Down 1.5 1.5
Extant CBS 22 17 Down 1.1 1.1
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Under the Dome CBS 10 7 Down 6.6 6.7
Extant CBS 16 10 Down 5.9 6.5
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Teen Wolf MTV 2 2 Same
True Blood HBO 5 3 Down
The Leftovers HBO 9 6 Down
Dominion Syfy 13 8 Down
The Strain FX 14 13 Down
Defiance Syfy 24 21 Down
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Under the Dome CBS 10 10 Same
Extant CBS 11 12 Up
Crossbones NBC 24 n/a Up

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