Two-part miniseries were starting to become extinct in the 21st century, but when some networks had the opportunity to produce a two-parter, they weren’t necessarily airing on back-to-back days. Because CBS had a lot of programming they didn’t want to give up during the November sweeps, their 2005 miniseries disaster offering CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD, aired on two consecutive Sundays, giving the viewers an opportunity to forget all about the first part when tuning in for the second part. The premise of the four-hour disaster movie was simple: A category 7 hurricane is potentially destroying the world, after a couple of category 6 storms that were depicted in CATEGORy 6: DAY OF DESTRUCTION (which makes this miniseries a sequel), form into this apocalyptic storm, ready to blow everything out of proportion.
The two parts aired on Sundays at 9:00pm, and turned out to be the top-rated miniseries of the 2005/2006 TV season. Which doesn’t have to mean a lot though, since miniseries were living through an extinction event themselves. Of course, before CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD was aired, critics were already panning CBS for airing the miniseries shortly after almost a handful of real-life hurricanes were throwing up on America. Katrina and Rita have already been hit while Wilma was hitting the US the same month CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD was slated to air. I guess CBS didn’t really care whether real-life idiots cared about global warming, and waiting for a miniseries to air when there are no more hurricanes in the US is pretty much stupid.