CBS Orders Two More Episodes of 'Elementary', Cuts 'Vegas' Episode Order By One

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November 15th, 2012

Deadline reports that CBS has ordered two additional episodes of freshman series Elementary, bringing its total episode order to 24. One of the extra episodes is due to the series landing the coveted post-Superbowl slot. Vegas lost an episode at the blackjack table. The network has cut its episode order by one, for a total of 21 episodes.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    I wasn’t aware that the John Larroquette show was in a similar position, but it’s hard to know anything from one data point from almost 20 years ago. And for what it’s worth, that show made it to a fourth season. One thing I’m fairly certain about: the Super Bowl might not help Elementary, but I can’t imagine it would *hurt* it. As I said, it’s ratings are good enough on their own, especially when we consider the degree of support that CBS is giving it.

    The John Larroquette Show’s ratings were bad enough that it would have been canceled in the first season, despite the SB slot, but the showrunners agreed to entirely retool it between seasons one and two.

    Elementary’s ratings are good only in relation to how terrible everything CBS is doing generally this season. As recently as last year those ratings would have been enough to get it canceled, especially since it’s doing those paltry numbers with no real competition. If NBC wakes up and smells the blood in the water on Thursdays (which I think they might as early as midseason) it will be a different ballgame.

    The debate will go on until February but I don’t see why Elementary will be the exception and gain viewers after the post SB slot. Plenty of shows have tried gimmicks and have had strong buzz and it was thought they’d grab viewers. Alias, for example, which was an action series starring a beautiful woman and would be an obvious appeal to the SB audience. But no matter if it’s been comedy, drama, action, a soap, even a musical (Glee) it’s been proven time and again that unless it’s a reality show, the people who sample the post SB show don’t show up the next week. I don’t know why.

  • Julie

    YES..This show is awesome!! I hope they don’t decide to cancel it!

  • Karen

    Happy to see the extra orders for Elementary. Thought I couldn’t take another procedural but the majority of the crimes on Elementary are cleverly written and has breathed new life into a stale category.

    Yes, I know quirky crime solver is nothing new but – hey, I like it.

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