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CBS’s post-Super Bowl airing of “Elementary” fell short of expectations for a show in the coveted time slot.
Sunday night’s special episode of the Sherlock Holmes procedural drew 20.8 million viewers and a 12 rating/24 share in metered markets, according to overnight numbers. That’s a series high for the freshman drama starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, but far behind last year’s post-Super Bowl episode of NBC’s “The Voice,” which pulled in 37.6 million viewers and a 19.4 rating/33 share by comparison.
It doesn’t take a quirky investigator to figure out what may have gone wrong: The ratings were likely zapped by the power outage at Super Bowl XLVII, which delayed the championship game by 34 minutes — and bumped “Elementary” out of prime-time. The program did not get underway until approximately 11:15 p.m./ET, which may have hurt the ratings. The ratings for the Super Bowl itself were not hurt, however; the game was seen by 108.41 million viewers, the third most-watched program in history.
If you turned off the TV and went to bed after the Ravens held off the 49ers’ remarkable surge in the thrilling second half of the game, you can watch the Super Bowl episode of “Elementary” above.
“Elementary” regularly airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.