Why is the binding in this application failing to update?

I have an array on my controller, which is displayed on the page with binding.I want to use a set function to update this value and display the new value on the page.

The whole idea behind this process, is that i’m dealing with data which i get from a database through an API call. The data arrives just fine, i just cant seem to make it available for further processing.

Im running Angularjs 1.6.4.

HTML Looks like this

<div ng-controller="CtrlName">
  <div ng-repeat="item in rows track by $index">{{item}}</div>

Controller like this

let rows = [1,2,3,4,5]

function getAllData() {
    qGetAllData().then(function(data) {
    }, function(errData) {

function qGetAllData()  {
    return $q(function(resolve, reject) {
        try {
        resolve(APISvc.get('PHP/API/ROUTE', {}));
        catch {
            reject('fetching data failed');

function setRows(data) {
        rows = data;

angular.extend($scope, {
    getAllData : getAllData,
    qGetAllData: qGetAllData,
    setRows    : setRows,
    rows       : rows,

What happens is, when i call the page, i get the rows array displayed with the values 1 to 5 as it is innitially set. Then i fetch the data from the database and pass it into the setRows function. Nothing happens. I would expect the displayed data to change.

Wierdly enough, if i uncomment both push() commands, the data gets pushed and the view updates accordingly.

What am i missing here? I suspect digest cycles to be the culprint here but i’m not quite sure.

Source: AngularJS