'Elementary' To Air After the Super Bowl

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November 5th, 2012

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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.

  • Steven Leitner

    Jeff (Canada)
    Some have, actually. The Good Life (1994) on NBC, Extreme (1995) on ABC, Brothers and Sisters (1979) on NBC, Grand Slam (1990) on CBS, The Last Precinct (1986) on NBC, and MacGruder and Loud (1985) on ABC.

  • jT

    @liam don’t be stupid liam. 2 broke girls is too edgy and raunchy for the post Superbowl spot….Any fan would know all the jokes are not meant for kids and will turn off the families that watch the game.

    elementary is perfect for it.

  • SherLOCKED

    Great decision!!!

    Elementary is a great show and hopefully this will solidify it as a CBS show.

  • Tony ^_^

    “2 Broke Girls” or “The Big Bang Theory” would have made more sense.

  • joel

    The slot isn’t until 10pm ET. Edgy and raunchy doesn’t matter. Just put Beth Behrs in a short skirt and you’re good to go.

  • dgh

    Well I can tell you what channel I won’t be tuning into after the Superbowl!

  • Californiadgd

    dgh you are from Bulgaria, so… hahaha

  • jT

    @joel families watch the post Superbowl shows. That’s why fox and cbs has have family SHOWS AFTER THEIR SUNDAY GAMES!!!!!!!!

  • Juan

    I wish ABC would still be able to carry it, I hope this doesn’t affect scandal when they go head to head

  • Zed


    “Well if all critics opinion is that POI is best quality drama and best CBS drama from years.”

    I’d like to know where you’re getting your info from?
    It is NOT the best drama on TV, and that’s excluding cable. If it got *some* critical praise, does not mean it’s being considered the best tv show ever created. Not trying to bash on the show or anything, it’s just some of the things you say are too exagerated.

  • Ryan

    I think they are hoping it will be like House after the Superbowl and gain a ton of viewers. I just don’t see that happening.

  • Oliver


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

    It was more snark about how much CBS loves procedurals.

  • Dennis

    Why not NCIS series?

  • joel

    @jT, What are you, some sort of social engineering under the guise of religion hypocrite freak? The minority that doesn’t like it can turn it off. “Families” don’t have any a priori right to dictate programming. It’s all about the ratings.

  • Ann


    Elementary WILL COLLAPSE and super bowl won’t save it. Next year POI and 2BG will be with better ratings than Elementary. And CBS will look like clowns.

    I seem to recall you last year saying over and over and over again how POI was going to be CBS’s number one drama this year, and it was going to be the biggest show on TV, and blah blah blah.

    If you were drastically wrong once, I’d suggest that the likelihood of you being drastically wrong again is fairly good.

    Like Zed, I would love to see some kind of proof from you that the overwhelming critical consensus is that it’s the best drama on TV. The voices inside your head don’t count as proof.

  • Hubert R.

    if your plan wasn’t to boost Monday night anyway with 2BG getting the post SB spot, why didn’t you cancel Partners yet, CBS? i suppose you will wait with the Friend Me till the day after the SB, so you can air tons of promos during that huge telecast and hopefuly boost the premiere, but Rules – and hell, TBBT or 2BG encores would perform better at 8:30!

  • JJF

    It should’ve gone to POI. It’s proven itself more and could’ve benefitted more from this. It’s a buzzier show and I think it’d have appealed more. Elementary has been performing pretty softly throughout and I don’t think it’s really the type to benefit too much from a bump. CBS must really not want this year to be a total wash.

  • DryedMangoez

    The Amazing Race!! Hmph.

  • Ann


    So, a television network made a decision that will net them the most money?

    Good lord, I’m going to need a second to recover from that revelation. Somebody fetch me a chair, please.

  • Lane

    I think it would have been better to put POI along with everyone else.

    Then POI would get MONSTER ratings and it would help lead into Elementary.

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