'Elementary' To Air After the Super Bowl

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November 5th, 2012

via press release:





CBS's Hit Freshman Drama, Which Provides a Modern Take On Sherlock Holmes,

 Receives Coveted Post-Super Bowl Slot

CBS announced today that its hit freshman drama ELEMENTARY, which provides a modern take on Sherlock Holmes in New York City, will receive the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.   A special episode of ELEMENTARY will be broadcast following CBS Sports' coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVII, Sunday, Feb. 3  (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT, time approximate after post-game coverage).


ELEMENTARY, which has won its Thursday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in key ratings measures in every broadcast against regularly scheduled programming this season, is averaging 14.2 million viewers, 4.6/11 in adults 25-54 and  3.5/10 in adults 18-49.  ELEMENTARY ranks as the #2 new series on television this season, only slightly behind CBS’ VEGAS (14.5 million viewers).


The series has also opened strong in international markets.  ELEMENTARY is the number one new series in Canada, airing on the Global Network, where it wins its time period in viewers and key demographic categories.  In the UK, ELEMENTARY ranks as Sky Living's third highest rated series since 2002, and the top-rated launch of a drama acquisition in the channel's history.


ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric, mischievous detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, a former surgeon turned sober companion.  Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sobriety coach.  Now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.


Also, Aidan Quinn stars as Capt. Thomas Gregson, who knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, along with Jon Michael Hill, who portrays Det. Marcus Bell, a top-notch investigator who is initially skeptical of Holmes and his unorthodox methods.


Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Craig Sweeny are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

  • James

    2 Broke Girls would have been a better option.

  • João Paulo

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I want POI, Elementary don’t deserves this.

  • Tony JJ

    wow. very surprised. But a better decision than putting a new reality series there.

  • MMhhhmmmm

    yay! this is awesome!
    beyonce wont even come close to madonnas ratings at the halftime show. hahahah:D

  • Jeff (Canada)

    They should have put 2 Broke Girls on after it.

  • Oliver

    Well, no-one saw this coming.

  • RJ

    I’m shocked. I would have guessed 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory.

  • Gina

    Well, this makes me incredibly happy. I absolutely love this show!!!!

  • Ultima

    Petar hardest hit! ;)

  • Californiadgd

    POI or TBBT as*holes, omg I’m pissed

  • Oliver

    If you think about it, it’s typical CBS, putting a procedural after the Super Bowl.

  • justin

    ya, the bbt and 2 broke girls would have been epic. bad move cbs

  • joel


  • Starship

    Was hoping for 2 Broke Girls to get the spot, but I guess they want to give their only successful new show a bigger boost, not a bad idea from a marketing point of view. Besides, it’s a great show, so it deserves the exposure.

  • darius

    It s going to get the worse rating ever for a post super bowl show!

  • Cyrax86

    Amazing! All the other CBS show from this and the past season were blah so this is definitely the best option.

  • Ultima

    If you think about it, it’s typical CBS, putting a procedural after the Super Bowl.

    CBS Super Bowl lead-outs in the past two decades…

    2001 – Survivor 2
    2004 – Survivor 8
    2007 – Criminal Minds (2nd season)
    2010 – Undercover Boss (series premiere)

  • joel

    That’s the sound of televisions all over the world being turned off.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Hmm I wonder, has a show that’s aired after the Super Bowl ever been canceled in the same season?

  • Alex C

    That’s crap

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