Halle Berry’s TV Sci-Fi Drama, ‘Extant’, Pulls In High Ratings For Debut

July 16, 2014  |  

Halle Berry’s movies may be hit-or-miss at the box office these days, but television seems to like her.  The Academy Award winner just took home first place in the television ratings for her summer drama Extant. The limited-run series pulled in 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, according to Nielsen.

In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously comes back from a solo space mission pregnant. The drama was the most-watched prime-time show during the week. “By comparison, the second-season debut of ‘Under the Dome’ a week earlier had 9.4 million viewers, a number considered disappointing given its hit status a year earlier,” reports Black American Web.

The long July 4th holiday weekend helped increase the total viewership for Extant to 11.9 million.

The scary sci-fi drama also stars Pierce Gagnon as Ethan, a boy robot who may be murderous.

The show has been already called a breakout hit. This is a far cry from her films as of late, which, to put it politely have bombed. When looking at her resume following her Oscar winning performance in Monster’s Ball, her only hits have been the X-Men series of films.

“Outside of those movies, she’s had a string of either very bad luck or she’s made some very bad decisions. 2004′s Catwoman was a disaster bringing in only $82 million at the global box office…2010′s Frankie & Alice, where Berry played a woman with multiple personality disorder, was ignored by audiences and derided by critics. The film earned a terrible 14 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes,” reports Forbes. Then Cloud Atlas, though much-hyped and supported by a big budget and co-star Tom Hanks, only earned $121 million at the global box office.

Forbes speculates that being a 47-year-old black actress stacks the odds against Berry in the white male dominated world of Hollywood. “Studios just aren’t looking to finance movies that star middle-aged black women no matter how beautiful they are. They’re not financing many movies starring white middle-aged women either so it’s not even like there are color blind roles that Berry could be getting,” reports the magazine.

Maybe Extant will translate into a box office win for Berry’s next feature film.

CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers. NBC came in second with 4.6 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.7 million.

Did you watch Extant?

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