The Charts: Extant Returns to the Lower Rungs of the Charts With Its Season Finale

By | September 25, 2014

Tracking the activity on the ratings and social network charts for science fiction and fantasy television shows from the prior week .  For the most recent ratings results, be sure to follow the Cancellation Watch column.

extant-cbs-cancelledCBS’ Summer series Extant had its season (and possibly series) finale last week and it managed to return briefly to the charts after dropping out altogether the prior week.  The show made it to the Number 20 slot in the Top 25 based on Total Viewers for the week, though it did not make it into the list tracking the ratings in the 18-49 demographic.  Based on its lackluster performance in the ratings, that show appears to be on the verge of cancellation unless partner Amazon can work out a deal to keep it going.  CBS’ other Summer series Under the Dome slipped a bit in both the ratings and total viewers charts last week seeing as it had increased competition from Monday Night Football.  That series appears to be in better shape for a renewal, though.  Both Extant and Under the Dome dropped notably in the General Sentiment charts that track social network activity, likely because of more new programming on television last week with the early Fall startups.  As for the cable shows, several of the usual Summer entries made it into the General Sentiment charts (though Z Nation dropped out after only one week), but there was no activity in the Nielsen Twitter Ratings or cable Top 25 for the week with shows like Teen Wolf and The Last Ship wrapped up for the Summer.  Next week we should see several of the Fall genre shows make appearances in the charts as the new season is starting to ramp up.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of September 15th thru 21st:

Nielsen Twitter Ratings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
No Activity for Genre Shows
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
No Activity for Genre Shows
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Under the Dome CBS 17 18 Up 1.6 1.4
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Under the Dome CBS 13 12 Down 7.0 6.6
Extant CBS 20 n/a Up 5.4 n/a
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Doctor Who BBCA 1 3 Up
Outlander Starz 8 14 Up
The Strain FX 11 12 Up
Witches of East End Lifetime 15 17 Up
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Under the Dome CBS 14 9 Down
Extant CBS 20 17 Down

Nielsen Twitter Ratings ranked based on the Unique Audience – The total number of distinct Twitter accounts accruing at least one impression of one or more different Tweets ascribed to a TV episode.  More info at this link.

General Sentiment tracks activity across the social networks for shows airing new episodes in Prime Time (start times between 8:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST Monday – Saturday and 7:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST on Sunday).  This data collected on seven (7) major broadcast networks and 43 cable television networks.  More info at this link.

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