CBS Freshman Series ‘Elementary’ And ‘Vegas’ Get Full-Season Orders

CBS has given back-nine orders to freshman drama Elementary and Vegas, bringing their freshman seasons to a full-season 22 episodes each.

Elementary‘s pickup was a no-brainer as the Sherlock Holmes reboot has been the the No. 2 new series of the season among adults 18-49 (behind NBC’s Revolution) and total viewers (behind Vegas). In the most current ratings (two weeks of Live+7 and two of Live+Same Day), Elementary has averaged 14.3 million viewers and a 3.5/10 in 18-49, improving its Thursday 10 PM time period by 17% in 18-49. In total viewers, it is even with The Mentalist‘s performance last fall. As expected, Vegas has been older-skewing given its subject matter and star Dennis Quaid, but it ranks as the most-watched new series this fall. In most current ratings, it averages 14.9 million viewers and 2.7/8 in 18-49. It has improved the year-ago time period by 8% in viewers, but it is down 7% in 18-49 from Unforgettable‘s delivery in the Tuesday 10 PM hour last fall. “Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. ”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.”

CBS’ third new fall drama, Made In Jersey, has already been cancelled. The future of the network’s fourth new series, comedy Partners, is still unclear. The half-hour has been a soft performer on Monday though it stabilized the last couple of weeks. Vegas stars 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.

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