Airred: 2014-15, 2 Seasons Totaling 26 Episodes
Starring: Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic, Pierce Gagnon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Camryn Manheim, Grace Gummer, Michael O’Neill
Series Website: www.cbs.com/shows/extant/
Description: In a thrilling drama, Berry will play an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. CBS.com
Why Was It Cancelled? This show was cancelled because apparently the networks do still pay close attention to the ratings despite what they may tell us. CBS had a partnership with Amazon that gave them exclusive streaming rights after the live episodes aired on broadcast and the network also had significant international financing backing the show. This arrangement made Extant profitable for CBS before even airing, so they weren’t losing money on the show (and they had a similar deal with recently cancelled Under the Dome). But apparently the ratings were too much of an eyesore for the network executives even though they regularly tell us these days that the overnight Nielsen results do not impact their decision-making as much. Extant had suffered from low ratings since its first season and its numbers fell even further this past Summer. The show had gone through a bit of a reboot in its second year as an attempt to boost its viewership, but but instead the ratings continued to slide. It averaged only a 0.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic this past Summer, and it did not see much in the way of a lift from the Live+7 delayed viewing numbers (only about fifty percent). Apparently that was not good enough for CBS, even though they weren’t losing money on the show, and they decided to cancel it. And its unlikely that Amazon will elect to keep Extant going on its own as they have plenty of their own development in the pipeline and they made no move to pick up Under the Dome for a fourth season. Apparently it did wrap up most of its storylines at the end of its second season, so it won’t go out on a major cliffhanger.
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