We are definitely not shocked by today’s news that CBS has given back-season orders to rookie dramas Vegas and Elementary. With the broadcaster’s Sunday and Friday lineups looking relatively unstable at the moment, there is no question that the 2.0 18-49 rating performances from both of these programs is enough to give the network confidence in continuing either. Of course, Elementary is the better performer of the two; however, Dennis Quaid stars in the latter which gives it an unmerited boost in the hearts of many. Perhaps the feel is that Vegas could garner some critical recognition in the future not unlike The Good Wife.
CBS has given full season “back nine” orders to television’s top two freshman series — Vegas and ELEMENTARY.
“Vegas and ELEMENTARY have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”
Vegas, the #1 new series of the season and ranked sixth overall, wins its Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in viewers and key demographics, averaging 14.94 million viewers, 2.7/08 in adults 18-49 and 3.8/09 in adults 25-54. Vegas has improved the year-ago time period by +8% in viewers.
ELEMENTARY, the #2 new series of the season and ranked ninth overall, also wins its Thursday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in the key ratings measures, averaging 14.30 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.6/11 in adults 25-54. Compared to the time period last year, ELEMENTARY is up +17% in adults 18-49 and +10% in adults 25-54.
VEGAS stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason O’Mara, Taylor Handley and Sarah Jones. Greg Walker, Nicholas Pileggi, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.