CBS is keeping two more veteran shows around for next season, handing out renewals for “Elementary” and “The Amazing Race.”
Neither show is much of a ratings draw, but some other factors likely helped keep them alive for next season.
“Elementary” was CBS’ lowest-rated returning scripted series this season, averaging a scant 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 in initial airings this season. It rose to 1.2 with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing.
The show does, however, command healthy fees in syndication — reportedly a combined $3 million per episode from WGN America (which has the same parent company, Tribune Media, as TV by the Numbers), Hulu and broadcast stations.
That helps make up for some of the soft on-air numbers. “Elementary” is produced by network sibling CBS Studios, which also gets revenue streams from international sales.
“The Amazing Race” will be back for a 30th edition in 2017-18. The current season, which premiered in late March, averages a 0.9 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and a little over 4 million viewers. Its first four episodes (the most recent data available) rose to a 1.5 and 6.46 million viewers.
Again, those aren’t world-beating ratings, but “The Amazing Race” is a good utility player for CBS. The network can plug it in wherever it needs to and count on at least OK numbers.
The two shows join these series that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.