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After the Super Bowl it's 'Elementary'

by jmaloni
Wed, Nov 7th 2012 08:00 am
`Elementary` (CBS photos)
"Elementary" (CBS photos)

CBS's hit freshman drama, which provides a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, receives coveted post-Super Bowl slot

CBS has announced that its hit freshman drama "Elementary," which provides a modern take on Sherlock Holmes in New York City, will receive the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. A special episode of "Elementary" will be broadcast following CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XLVII, Sunday, Feb. 3 (10 p.m.; time approximate after post-game coverage).

"Elementary," which has won its Thursday (10 p.m.) time period in key ratings measures in every broadcast against regularly scheduled programming this season, is averaging 14.2 million viewers, 4.6/11 in adults 25-54 and 3.5/10 in adults 18-49. "Elementary" ranks as the No. 2 new series on television this season, only slightly behind CBS' "Vegas" (14.5 million viewers).

The series has also opened strong in international markets. "Elementary" is the No. 1 new series in Canada, airing on the Global Network, where it wins its time period in viewers and key demographic categories. In the UK, "Elementary" ranks as Sky Living's third highest rated series since 2002, and the top-rated launch of a drama acquisition in the channel's history.

"Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric, mischievous detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, a former surgeon turned sober companion. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare - a sobriety coach. Now running free in New York solving crimes, it's simple deduction that he's going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it's elementary that it's a job for Watson.

Aidan Quinn co-stars as Capt. Thomas Gregson, who knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases. Jon Michael Hill portrays Det. Marcus Bell, a top-notch investigator who is initially skeptical of Holmes and his unorthodox methods.

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