'Elementary' Scores Post-Super Bowl Time Slot
'Elementary' Scores Post-Super Bowl Time Slot
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
CBS loves Sherlock Holmes, and they're hoping football fans will too. The freshman drama Elementary has earned the most coveted time slot of the year with a special episode airing after this year's Super Bowl.

The decision is a huge vote of confidence for the police procedural about Sherlock Holmes in modern-day New York. The show is already one of the network's top-rated series, but this boost might help it get even bigger.

Two weeks ago I wrote about what show might get the time slot and I theorized Hawaii Five-0, Person of Interest of Vegas might be a better bet. But Elementary garnered some love, coming in fourth in our poll.

In recent years CBS has aired the Super Bowl four times. Twice it aired a Survivor premiere as the post-show episode and the last time around it debuted Undercover Boss, all of which did incredibly well. The network's lowest-rated post-Super Bowl episode actually came from a crime procedural, Criminal Minds, in 2007. That episode got over 26 million viewers while the three reality shows all had over 33 million. Still, 26 million is more than 10 million viewers higher than the average episode of Elementary.

Are you excited to see what Sherlock and Watson have in store on Elementary following the Super Bowl, or do you think CBS fumbled this decision?

The post-Super Bowl episode of Elementary will air Sunday, February 3 at 10pm (or, more realistically, 10:33pm or whenever football ends).

currently airs Thursdays at 10pm on CBS.

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