'Vegas' & 'Elementary' Get Full Season Orders From CBS

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October 23rd, 2012

via press release:







Freshman Dramas Win Their Time Periods in Viewers and Key Demographics

CBS has given full season “back nine” orders to television's top two freshman series — VEGAS and ELEMENTARY.


“VEGAS and ELEMENTARY have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”


VEGAS, the #1 new series of the season and ranked sixth overall, wins its Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in viewers and key demographics, averaging 14.94 million viewers, 2.7/08 in adults 18-49 and 3.8/09 in adults 25-54.  VEGAS has improved the year-ago time period by +8% in viewers.


ELEMENTARY, the #2 new series of the season and ranked ninth overall, also wins its Thursday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in the key ratings measures, averaging 14.30 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.6/11 in adults 25-54. Compared to the time period last year, ELEMENTARY is up +17% in adults 18-49 and +10% in adults 25-54.


VEGAS stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason O'Mara, Taylor Handley and Sarah Jones.  Greg Walker, Nicholas Pileggi, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill.  Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

  • eridapo

    What this decision shows is that the CBS has lowered its standards for 10PM. If 2.0 is acceptable for CBS, what is acceptable for ABC and NBC.

    Since the Nets are privy to more information than we are, they must know that some shift has occurred in the market.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    Well neither show is doing that well in the demo is all.

    Elementary is their top 10pm drama.

    Is another week of ratings really going to change how these shows look, big picture? Probably not. If one of these shows tanks, they can always replace it with Golden Boy instead of burning it off.

  • Katie

    I hate when people act like certain shows especially on CBS are only for “old” people like Vegas and Person of Interest… I’m only 22 and I watch Criminal Minds, Person of Interest, Hawaii 5-O and Vegas. You don’t have to be old to enjoy SMART/MATURE shows. It’s just that obviously some younger people are too afraid to watch a smart show or it’s too complex for their brain. Even if it was mostly older people watching those shows then so what? Older people shouldn’t be allowed to have shows on that they enjoy?

  • POI

    both shows are great but i like vegas better than elementary for now well have to wait and see which show is better by the end of the season.

  • Ultima

    WWhat this decision shows is that the CBS has lowered its standards for 10PM. If 2.0 is acceptable for CBS, what is acceptable for ABC and NBC.

    Since the Nets are privy to more information than we are, they must know that some shift has occurred in the market.

    I think you’re reading way too much into this.

    CBS has to fill a schedule for 36 weeks. After one freshman drama made a Jersey-sized crater, it was obvious that they would pick the other two up for a full season given their decent ratings.

    Absolute ratings standards/cut-offs/judgements are an absurd fascination of people on this site and should be avoided.

    Relative ratings, schedule needs and revenue generation are what matters.

  • Pepper

    Elementary is my favorite new show, and I’m so glad to see that it’s gonna get a full season!

  • NEK38583

    This surpises me I thought Elementary would of course be picked up, but I fiqured that Vegas would be a few weeks away to let CBS see how much more it would drop.

  • Crystal

    Ugh re: Elementary, I hope the ratings keep dropping because JLM and LL deserve much better!

  • Mon

    Yay more Lucy Liu!!!

  • silvit


    It doesn’t mean anything, since they did the same last year with Unforgettable and The Good Wife.

    If they keep losing viewers, they won’t come back next year. CBS has to fill its schedule.


    You lost me at SMART shows. Bwhaaa! CBS procedurals can be fun, can be easy, but certainly not smart. The plot are unbelievable, the characters are one dimensional and the dialogue are atrocious. Murder She wrote had better plots, better characterization and better dialogues. ;-)

  • Crystal

    Also, although this goes against the entire “Ratings BS Bible” or whatever

    Young people 18-25ish do NOT have disposable income and are still living at home etc. but Baby Boomers do AND they are less likely to ff’wd through commercials. To me viewers 50-65 are a much better “get” to advertisers. As usual, the tv model is very outdated.

  • Chris Parker

    @Oliver: “CBS will be using total viewers. CBS always wins in total viewers, because their median age is 94.5 and old people have their TV dial stuck on ‘only CBS'”.

    This has me laughing my ass off…. thank you

  • Gregg

    I had extremely high hopes for Vegas this season; Las Vegas in 1960, with cowboys vs. gangsters!

    Instead, we got a fairly boring crime drama with some lame backlot-style sets that are supposed to represent Las Vegas. It doesn’t help that Michael Chiklis plays his character so sympathetically that I’m actually rooting for him instead of the cops. Meanwhile, Dennis Quaid looks like he’s either about to have a stroke or he’s going to beat someone to a bloody pulp. Maybe they should have reversed roles.

  • Chris Parker

    @Crystal, people in the 50-65 age range have established loyalty to products and are significantly less likely to try something new. Targeting ads, other than AGE specific, is not a good use of marketing dollars.

  • Ali

    I can understand Elementary but man Vegas? really?

  • Crystal

    @ Chris – in my experience working at a Senior Center 10+ years that is NOT true.

  • Ryan30

    They’re both produced in house…so not shocked

  • Jared

    I really LOVE both of these series. Happy to see CBS given them a chance.

  • Chris Parker

    Well, sounds like you may have a better idea than I :-)

    from my own experience.. established buying patterns hold strong.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I am 25.
    Have not lived at home since 21.
    Have tons if disposible income.

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