'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.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    With Elementary getting more exposure and a boost in viewers, I wonder if CBS will be tempted to move it to Monday night to challenge Revolution.

    That’s a big if, assuming it will get a boost in viewers. The last scripted show to have the SB leadout was Glee in 2011.
    Its pre-SB episode: 4.4/11 million viewers.
    Its post-SB episode: 4.6/11.5 overall.

    The following week it was back down to 4.2/10.5.

    The last scripted show before that was The Office in 2009:

    Pre-SB episode: 4.6/8.7 million overall viewers.
    Post-SB episode: 4.3/8.3 million overall viewers.

    Someone already posted House’s numbers, which was the last scripted drama to get the post-SB slot and also didn’t get a boost. Unless it’s a reality show, viewers care about the game, not the leadout.

  • Chris

    I like ‘Elementary’. But even though it’s after the superbowl, it will still get the DVR treatment like it does every week anyways.

  • Gaius

    why do person of interest or the big bang theory? those shows have established viewers. and elementary is their only new show that has any traction right now. makes sense to me

  • capslocke

    Wow surprised! Was hoping for POI, but was expecting The Job. While I still think POI would have been a better idea, Elementary does make sense, too.

  • Jon

    I don’t know why all the hate in this thread, but Elementary seems like a great option after the Super Bowl. If you aren’t watching it, your missing out on a very well scripted and acted show.

  • Cambodianbreastmilk

    Yeah I totally get the procedural dudes comment. Why would you put this show on after the big daddy bowl? Don’t get me wrong, I like the show, but it’s not a good fit. Let’s face it, people are gonna be drunk as s#!t so they’re not gonna sit through an hour long procedural and follow the story. They should have put a comedy there or something that is gonna be easy to follow. I remember last Super Bowl watching the Charlie sheen roast right after on Comedy Central and that was a great time. Nobody got up off the couch. That’s the kind of programming people want after drinking all day. Not a procedural. By the way, I don’t think I really know the meaning of the word procedural as it pertains to tv shows, but I think I get the jist of it. I’m high as f()@k right now. 100% Cambodian.

  • Justin121

    Who produces the show isn’t a concern.

    The post-Super Bowl slot should go to the show that helps the net’s overall schedule, NOT a certain show’s value in syndication.

    That’s why I believe it makes more sense to give it to the 2nd-year Monday anchor or the Thursday 9pm show.

    They’re both supposed to be CBS flagships for years to come.

    The mind boggles.

  • DaxJackson

    I knew they’d pick this or Vegas, and people told me I was loony…

  • Charles Tillman

    It definitely should’ve been a pair of comedies this time with 2 Broke Girls and whatever but its probably because the comedies air on Monday.

    Elementary has to work for CBS so that’s probably why they made this move.

  • Marc

    ELEMENTARY IS THE SAME AS THE MENTALIST. Yes The Mentalist is like Sherlock, but unlike elementary it didn’t try to pass itself off as, and then get denied by the creators of Sherlock. Compare The Mentalist with elementary: Guy who is really good at reading situations and people, check. Guy who annoys co-workers who at the end if the day respect him, check. Female sidekick, check. Actor who was born outside of US, checkGetting punched by other leos or family members at least once an episode, check. Wow, who knew there was so little in common. I am astonished because I feel like I am the only one seeing the commonality and it’s so obvious! Deeps like I’m taking crazy pills! The Mentalist will be cancelled because this clone took its spot and now its taking the sb spot. It’s unreal cbs’s hate for The Mentalist.

  • bluejays

    @petar – while I agree with you that POI would have been better post Superbowl than Elementary – as would 2BG’s – POI is not hugely critically acclaimed or even the most critically acclaimed CBS drama – The Good Wife and Blue Bloods are both more beloved of critics.

    Neither is it all that succesfull. It pulls high two’s, same as it did last year, hardly a break out hit. It also has the best lead in hour before it of any CBS show and still can’t pull above the average for that nine pm slot – and last season it was below the average, for it’s timeslot, most of the season. It’s clearly a solid drama for them, not a huge hit as they hoped and it’s not an in-house show so if it’s not a huge hit, then it doesn’t make them the money they could get from an in-house show sold into syndication.

    CBS more than anything these days is a syndication factory and I think that most of their decisions need to be seen in this light. I’m sure if they had a super hit from Warners they’d protect it, but a show that just does as well as the rest of the pack? They’re going to go for one of their own productions every time, because if they can get a syndication deal for Elementary then it pays for itself and more.

  • Marc

    *Seems* like I’m taking crazy pills. Stupid spell check ruined the effect.

  • Mary

    How did you guys not see this coming? Hasn’t CBS been putting their highest rated first season in that slot for a while?

  • Mary

    that’s first season show.

  • Gregg

    I’m not sure why this item of “news” has generated this amount of strong emotions. Why does anyone aside from the show’s producers/writers/stars really care about this? It’s interesting information; nothing more.

  • Doug

    I think we’ve established at this point that the Super Bowl doesn’t really help a show at all, other than giving it a bump for a few weeks afterwards. The only recent show I can think of that got any sort of long-term benefit post SB was Undercover Boss.

  • Sarah

    elementary is a great show. This is good news.

  • Glue

    I Think They should have really given it to Two Broke Girls.

    BTW For The people saying New Girl will get it, in 2014 on FOX, don’t think you’re too sure. FOX Wants The X Factor to be bigger than the Voice. and Since The Superbowl Helped the Voice Get the ratings it has now, Them FOX Might as well put it Post Superbowl….

  • Vance

    2 Broke Girls also skews heavily female, which is another reason besides Elementary being produced by CBS for why 2 Broke Girls isn’t airing after the Super Bowl.

  • CBSviewer

    CBS put Elementary after the Superbowl before they don’t want to cancel all their new dramas and they hope Elementary will have a boost but I think it won’t work. Two years ago, FOX put Glee to give it higher ratings but it didn’t work (of course Glee is high rated but certainly FOX hoped higher ratings).

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