'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.

  • Ultima

    It makes better business sense to show POI.

    It makes better business sense for CBS to air a drama produced by Warner Bros than it does to air one produced by CBS?

    Monday shows typically get a post-Super Bowl bump anyways (wouldn’t be surprised if CBS premieres Friend Me the next day), The Big Bang Theory is already well established – why not Elementary?

    It would be one thing if Person of Interest were a massive hit, but it’s not.

  • Leoben Conoy


    Oh well, least I will have something to fall asleep to after the big game.

  • Brandy

    I wish it was 2Broke Girls instead.

  • Jared

    2 Broke Girls and TBBT are well established series at this point. Both already have syndication deals in place and are popular enough. Its definitely a better idea to air something new to better market/promote and to get viewers interested in a series they may not watch already. I guess CBS can pretty much announce a season 2 pickup as well with this news.

  • Bobby C

    I have DVRed Elementary just to check it out and enjoyed each episode!

  • jT



  • SVU: Fringe Division

    Was really looking forward to this show, then I watched the first 3 episodes and was instantly turned off. I even chose to watch Beauty and the Beast and Rock Center instead of watching this drivel. Was really looking forward to CBS doing one of their comedy shows after the super Bowl. Well off to next year, I predict either New Girl or (if it survives) The Following after the SB on fox.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    I am so very sorry I was AFK when this came out and was not able to see the comments of the POI crazies in real time.

    Oh, well, I will have to be content with the digital record.

  • a p garcia

    Not a good move on CBS’s part. 2BG, BBT, 2.5 men, M&M even H50 or POI would be a better choice, but then network executives live in a different world.

  • a p garcia

    Not a good move on CBS’s part. 2BG, BBT, 2.5 men, M&M even H50 or POI would be a better choice, but then network executives live in a different world. Even ROE would be a better choice.

  • richard

    @ Bill. just delete this, then rerun the news. ;)

    Some people will maake sure to get their opinions out again. If I cared about Person of Interest, I know I would!

  • Oliver

    Not sure if it has been mentioned, but CBS also have the AFC Championship game.

  • richard

    and im not mocking POI fans, I DO actually intend to watch the show at some point. probably get it from the library

  • steve

    What a waste of a slot but I guess its there way of trying to make sure they won’t have to cancel all there rookie shows this year.

  • Joe D

    It’s a good strategical move for CBS showcasing a series that appeals to both men and women. Think the POI people are the old Chuck crowd. But good for traffic to this site so I just roll my eyes as I scroll my way down.

  • Ann

    I do love how whenever a high-rated show gets the post-SB slot, everyone says, “Waaaah, that show doesn’t need the boost. They should give it to a lower-rated show.” Now, a lower-rated show does get the slot, and strangely enough, the same people say, “Waaaah, why didn’t they give it to a higher-rated show? That show gets low ratings!”

    I mean, I know that people are never just going to be honest and say, “I object to this scheduling move solely on the grounds that it doesn’t benefit my favorite show, even if it helps the network in the end,” but you’d think they could try a bit harder.

  • Desperate Houseboy

    i was hoping they would air the good wife.it would really turn everything upside down

  • eridapo

    What a waste…. This should have gone to 2BG or POI. They are hits but the superbowl would have given them the extra something.

  • TomSFBay

    CBS is soooooooo stupid. How about a Big Bang Theory episode?????

  • RyanCanada


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