'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.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    I’m from Canada I don’t understand.

  • Holly


    LOL :lol:

  • Petar Ivanov


    The marjin between POI and NCIS is down a lot this season. And POI is ONLY CBS drama that is UP from last season. Will see in the end of the season. Best POI months are Jan, Feb. march. A lot of things can happen till than.

    I agree that some cable shows are good too but on broadcast TV is BEST drama. Like quality, script, acting, writing etc. And is not *some* critical praise. ALl critics praise it. Because the great script.

  • rob60990

    What a horrible choice. This unoriginal piece of garbage?

  • Ultima

    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.


    House gained a ton of viewers during its first three seasons by airing after American Idol.

    It aired after the Super Bowl during its fourth season (during the writer’s strike). It received barely any bump from the episode that aired the week before the Super Bowl (22.56 million and 8.7 rating before, 23.16 million and 9.0 rating after – both well shy of its heights during seasons two and three).

    House was then off the air for three months as they had no more episodes to air (the originally planned post-Super Bowl epiosde aired as the first half of a two-part season finale).

  • Sara

    what? :(

    CBS, don’t waste good .. that is Person of Interest.

  • Ultima

    With the exception of the episode the following week after the Super Bowl and the two-hour season six premiere, House never had a rating higher than 6.0 again.

    The Super Bowl certainly did nothing to help the show.

  • Ultima

    It was more snark about how much CBS loves procedurals.

    In that case, no arguments here! ;)

  • Martha

    Poor decision by CBS. Elementary is not my cup of tea.

  • Ultima

    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.


  • Mark

    Worst decision ever. It should of been POI or 2 Broke Girls.

  • Ann


    Best POI months are Jan, Feb. march.

    You mean, those were the best months in the single previous year that it’s aired, and there is absolutely nothing indicating that such ratings will happen again in only its second year of airing? Sure, if that’s the point you want to make. But I don’t think that means what you think it means.

    ALl critics praise it.

    No they don’t. Just saying it out loud doesn’t make it true. I can think of at least half a dozen professional critics off the top of my head that couldn’t care less about the show.

    Please provide the names of the critics that have called the show the best one on broadcast TV.

  • New Mexico Fringer

    Why would you air a successful show like BBT after? The money gained through advertising for that show vs securing new audience for a brand new show is quite different. Also, people claiming it will be canceled are just angry it exists. Just because you won’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s bad or will get canceled. It’s nowhere near as good as Sherlock, but not bad for a CBS procedural. Also, who cares, this isn’t NBC. CBS shows are fine and none really need a massive boost.

  • Mark

    I just know FOX is going to air New Girl after the Super Bowl next year


    I’m surprised yet not surprised.

    2 Broke Girls isn’t fully owned by CBS, neither is POI…but my guess is that Elementary is, and that makes all the difference

    Personally I think it will be one of the lowest rated shows following the Superbowl…I mean c’mon, and egg-head and his sidekick don’t mesh well with football. Even Criminal Minds was a better match and the SB did very little for that show.

    I think this move will not aid Elementary in the least.

  • zodd

    Lots of butt hurt here. lol

  • Joe

    ahhahahahah yes hahahahah thats just wow

  • bret

    It makes better business sense to show POI.


    Great News!!!

  • forg

    I thought they would pick Bake Off ala Undercover Boss

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