WGN America Acquires Exclusive Off-Network Cable Rights to ‘Elementary’


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.

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