The Program After The 'Super Bowl': How Will 'Elementary' Do? (Poll+Ratings History)

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January 30th, 2013

Update: our polled readers were too optimistic, though in their defense, it would've been hard to predict the late start time in advance. Elementary averaged 20.8 million viewers.

The timeslot immediately following the Super Bowl has in recent years been used to either premiere a new show, give a sampling boost to an existing relatively new show, or just reap the bonus advertising revenue from an already well performing veteran.

This year, CBS has slated Elementary to follow the big game, its only freshman scripted show that seems likely to survive the season.

Last year, NBC went with The Voice after the Super Bowl, and it averaged a very nice 37.61 million viewers.

What do you think the viewership of Elementary following the Super Bowl will be and why?

If you'd like to guess the viewership for the Super Bowl itself, click here.


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The "Program After The Super Bowl" Ratings History

Super Bowl Year Network Program HH Rating HH Share Avg. Homes (million) Avg. Viewers (million)
XLVI 2012 NBC The Voice 18.4 31 37.611
XLV 2011 FOX Glee 13.6 25 15.777 26.796
XLIV 2010 CBS Undercover Boss 19.1 32 21.91 38.654
XLIII 2009 NBC The Office 11.6 21 13.338 22.905
XLII 2008 FOX House 15.7 27 17.719 29.045
XLI 2007 CBS Criminal Minds 15.1 26 16.770 26.314
XL 2006 ABC Grey's Anatomy 21.0 34 23.106 37.881
XXXIX 2005 FOX Simpsons 13.0 22 14.228 23.074
XXXVIII 2004 CBS Survivor All-Star 17.9 32 19.415 33.535
XXXVII 2003 ABC Alias 10.6 20 11.283 17.362
XXXVI 2002 FOX Malcolm In The Middle 11.5 21 12.117 21.445
XXXV 2001 CBS Survivor II 24.5 39 25.076 45.369
XXXIV 2000 ABC The Practice 15.3 27 15.420 23.847
XXXIII 1999 FOX Family Guy -Preview 12.6 21 12.560 22.005
XXXII 1998 NBC Third Rock from the Sun 19.7 34 19.260 33.662
XXXI 1997 FOX X-Files 17.2 29 16.730 29.098
XXX 1996 NBC Friends 29.6 46 28.400 52.925
XXIX 1995 ABC Extreme Special 14.2 25 13.350 22.594
XXVIII 1994 NBC John Laroquette Show 12.3 22 11.590 17.708
XXVII 1993 NBC Homicide Special 18.0 31 16.760 28.121
XXVI 1992 CBS 60 Minutes 16.8 30 15.470 24.821
XXV 1991 ABC Davis Rules 15.5 25 14.430 26.695
XXIV 1990 CBS Grand Slam 18.6 30 17.130 30.765
XXIII 1989 NBC Sun Nite Movie 20.9 36 18.890
XXII 1988 ABC Wonder Years 17.9 31 15.860 28.976
XXI 1987 CBS Hard Copy Special 19.8 33 17.310
XX 1986 NBC NBC Sunday Night Movie 16.5 25 14.170 39.729
XIX 1985 ABC Macgrouder and Loud 22.8 38 19.360
XVIII 1984 CBS Airwolf Special(s) 21.6 36 18.100 27.874
XVII 1983 NBC A-Team Special 26.3 39 21.910 21.910
XVI 1982 CBS 60 Minutes 26.2 36 21.350
XV 1981 NBC Chips 16.3 26 12.680
XIV 1980 CBS 60 Minutes 33.0 50 25.179 40.746
XIII 1979 NBC Brothers and Sisters 21.0 32 15.650 31.722
XII 1978 CBS All In the Family 30.4 47 22.160 35.472
XI 1977 NBC Disney's "Kit Carson" 25.8 37 18.370 42.816
X 1976 CBS Phoenix Open Golf 16.5 31 11.480 22.363
IX 1975 NBC NBC Sunday Night News 16.7 28 11.440 15.924
VIII 1974 CBS Perry Mason** 12.7 20 8.410 15.058
VII 1973 NBC Disney's "The Mystery 28.4 44 18.400
VI 1972 CBS 60 Minutes 20.3 36 12.610
V 1971 NBC Bing CrosbyPro-Am Golf Champshps 19.2 36 11.540
IV 1970 CBS Lassie 21.5 34 12.580
III 1969 NBC G.E. College Bowl 11.7 21 6.670
II 1968 CBS Lassie 26.3 41.2 14.730
I 1967 CBS Lassie 15.6 25.3 8.560
I 1967 NBC Disney's "The Mosby Raiders" Part II 21.7 33.7 11.910

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2006-12 numbers are Live+Same Day, all others are Live Viewing.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
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For comparison, here are the historical Super Bowl ratings themselves.

 
  • RJ

    25-29 seems like the safe bet.

  • Illinois

    Criminal Minds got 26 million so Elementary will be around 24 million !

  • erwan from france

    I guess it will get a 26 millions and a 8.0

  • rob60990

    It will do worse than Glee. 25 million.

  • Reache

    Bill, There’s no historical 18-49 post-super bowl program ratings?

  • Californiadgd

    I vote for 25-29.9 millions..

    11.5 and 27 millions!

  • BigBrotherFan

    It will do the same as GLEE

    LMAO@GLEE’S NUMBERS WHAT A FLOP!

  • peter

    no way its topping the voice

  • omabin

    Worse than criminal minds and glee imo.. 20-25

  • Fed

    Survivor :@

  • cristi

    I thought in 2010 Hawaii 5-0 was after the Super Bowl.

  • Leondre

    It’s preformance will depend on what time it starts.

  • I Love TV!

    Don’t know why, but I sense a major flop for Elementary’s ratings

  • bluelp85

    Big Bang Theory should of followed, would have loved to see those monster numbers. Wouldn’t be Friends level, but would probably be pretty close.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    PoI fans, how does defeat taste? LOL GO ELEMENTARY!

  • Anna

    I just wish I could depend on my DVR listings; as I do NOT bother watching football…

  • Winning C.

    The Super Bowl started getting over 100 million just three years ago so its possible that it can beat Criminal Minds but that’s the area I got it in is 25-29 million.

  • Aaron Explicable

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage
    I’m a fan of both shows so your post just sounds like a cry for attention IMO.

  • Alex

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage

    We’re doing well, thank you, since POI doesn’t need the boost, unlike Elementary!

  • a p garcia

    Elementary after the Super Bowl will get super ratings, but Elementary at the regular timeslot will quickly go back to its regular numbers.

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