CBS expands Big Brother finale, Survivor debut

CBS has expanded the Sept. 24 finale of Big Brother 16 and the premiere of Survivor San Juan Del Sur to 90 minutes each. It’s a change that returns the shows to their typical premiere/finale night, with Survivor kicking off the three-hour evening.

The change comes because the network is moving the finale of Extant, the poorly rated Halle Berry series, away from premiere week. Variety notes that “sluggish ratings for Extant suggest it wouldn’t have held up well opposite season premieres of shows like Modern Family and Law & Order: SVU.”

In other words, CBS has more confidence in its two oldest reality series than in its flashy new star-vehicle drama.

The network praised the shows in a press release, noting the spring “Survivor consistently won its 8:00-9:00 PM time period in all key ratings measures,” while “Big Brother has been one of the summer’s dominant programs, winning its three weekly time periods in key demographics.”

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