WGN America Acquires Exclusive Off-Network Cable Rights to 'Elementary'

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January 30th, 2014


via press release:



LOS ANGELES – Jan. 30, 2014 –  The highly popular CBS drama ELEMENTARY is headed to WGN America, which has acquired exclusive off-network cable rights to the series, it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, and Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer for CBS Corp.


WGN America has the rights to all seasons of the critically acclaimed drama after each season has aired on CBS network.


“ELEMENTARY is a first-rate drama and terrific addition to the lineup of compelling content that is redefining WGN America,” Cherniss said. “It’s a perfect complement to our recent off-network acquisition, PERSON OF INTEREST, and we’re excited to be the exclusive syndicated home for this great show.”


“ELEMENTARY is a smart, high-quality series that has been a strong performer for CBS since it premiered,” Koondel said. “We’re confident it will be the latest in CBS’s deep pipeline of dramas to make its mark in off-network cable syndication as well.”


ELEMENTARY was the most watched new series in broadcast television during the 2012-2013 season. Currently in its second season on CBS, ELEMENTARY is averaging 12 million viewers and is ranked #4 among all primetime programs in L7 viewer lift, averaging a +4.15 million viewer increase over its live plus same day average.


Starring Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, ELEMENTARY is a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escaped to Manhattan, where his wealthy father forced him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. The series also stars Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hall.


ELEMENTARY is produced by CBS Television Studios and executive produced by Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Craig Sweeny.

  • Shepherd

    WGN: Saving middling CBS shows from cancellation on a regular basis.

  • oleg

    Stupid show. Poorly written with a terrible lead actor.

  • The Booper

    This a great show; glad to see the first syndication deal. Hope it runs a long time, a quality program for adults.


    ELEMENTARY a definite 2-season renewal from CBS

  • John A

    Not a fan but it was never in any danger anyway. This just confirms its 2 yr renewal.

  • SJ

    Does Blue Bloods have an off-network deal yet?

  • Christian

    @SJ No and hopefully no network shows any interest because I’m seriously getting worried about The Good Wife. Not even a month in, Hallmark dropped The Good Wife from its line-up so I doubt they’ll be paying for this current season or any future season. It is doing really well on Amazon Prime, though, so hopefully that’s enough to save it for at least 1 more year!

  • Byrd

    Love it. Love Sherlock too. Happy to see both stay on the air for a while.

  • PRW

    Re: Hallmark/TGW

    Hallmark is the worst at keeping shows on air so don’t use that as a gauge.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Good news for Elementary. I was pretty sure it was going to get renewed anyway but this kind of seals the deal.

  • Dan S

    Bring back Eli Stone. I like the cast to Elementary but the show itself is shall we say elementary.

  • CarShark

    Nice to see, as a fan. Broadcasting and Cable said that when video on demand and broadcast rights are added, it could be up to $3 million an episode. That’s huge!

  • Cerebro

    Good news for “Elementary”. Looks like 2 more seasons is, pretty much, a done deal, then. I hope the ratings continue to do well enough to generate a return on the early investment.

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