CBS is giving another boost to Scorpion, scheduling an episode breakout freshman drama behind the NFL’s AFC Championship game on Sunday, January 18 at 10 PM. That will make for a two-night Scorpion affair as another new episode is slated to air in the series’ regular Monday 9 PM slot the following night, January 19. The post-AFC Championship game episode will feature team Scorpion trying to jog the memory of an injured former Secret Service agent (David James Elliott) who is their only hope of preventing weapons of mass destruction being launched from a secret U.S. nuclear silo.
The AFC Championship game is the second biggest launch platform on television behind the Super Bowl, often ranking as the second most-watched program of the season behind the Big Game. Last January’s game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots averaged 51.3 million viewers.
Scorpion ranks as the #2 new program of the season, averaging 15.23 million viewers and a 3.7 in adults 18-49. The series, from CBS sibling CBS TV Studios, got an hourlong Big Bang Theory as a lead-in for its series premiere. The network then changed its original scheduling plans to give the drama several weeks of Big Bang original/Big Bang repeat lead-in. When The Millers moved into the Monday 8:30 PM and started hurting Scorpion‘s fortunes, the network swiftly cancelled the sophomore comedy and replaced it with Mike & Molly.