Elementary: Season One Ratings

CBS TV series Elementary ratingsWill this new take on Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, be a ratings success and renewed for a second season — or will it be cancelled, like so many other newbie shows?

Elementary typically airs on Thursday nights at 10pm on CBS. The show stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, and Jon Michael Hill.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Elementary will be cancelled or renewed for season two.

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Final season averages: 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.65 million total viewers.

Episode 01-22 & 01-23: Thursday, 05/16/13
2.0 in the demo (+5% change) with 8.98 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.26 in the demo with 10.65 million.

Episode 01-21: Thursday, 05/09/13
1.9 in the demo (-5% change) with 9.29 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 2.29 in the demo with 10.80 million.

Episode 01-20: Thursday, 05/02/13
2.0 in the demo (0% change) with 9.75 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.31 in the demo with 10.88 million.

Episode 01-19: Thursday, 04/25/13
2.0 in the demo (-5% change) with 10.07 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 2.32 in the demo with 10.94 million.

Episode 01-18: Thursday, 04/04/13
2.1 in the demo (-9% change) with 10.48 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 2.34 in the demo with 10.99 million.

UPDATE: Elementary has been renewed for a second season by CBS.

Episode 01-17: Thursday, 03/14/13
2.3 in the demo (-4% change) with 11.33 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.35 in the demo with 11.02 million.

Episode 01-16: Thursday, 02/21/13
2.4 in the demo (+4% change) with 11.19 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.36 in the demo with 11.00 million.

Episode 01-15: Thursday, 02/14/13
2.3 in the demo (+5% change) with 10.98 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.35 in the demo with 10.98 million.

Episode 01-14: Thursday, 02/07/13
2.2 in the demo (0% change) with 10.84 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.36 in the demo with 10.98 million.

Episode 01-13: Thursday, 01/31/13
2.2 in the demo (-8% change) with 10.90 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 2.37 in the demo with 11.00 million.

Episode 01-12: Thursday, 01/10/13
2.4 in the demo (-8% change) with 11.48 million (0% change).
Season averages: 2.38 in the demo with 11.00 million.

CBS TV show ratingsEpisode 01-11: Thursday, 01/03/13
2.6 in the demo (+13% change) with 11.44 million (+9% change).
Season averages: 2.38 in the demo with 10.96 million.

Episode 01-10: Thursday, 12/13/12
2.3 in the demo (+10% change) with 10.46 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.36 in the demo with 10.91 million

Episode 01-09: Thursday, 12/06/12
2.1 in the demo (-5% change) with 10.31 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.37 in the demo with 10.96 million.

Episode 01-08: Thursday, 11/29/12
2.2 in the demo (-4% change) with 10.46 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.40 in the demo with 11.05 million.

Episode 01-07: Thursday, 11/15/12
2.3 in the demo (+5% change) with 10.75 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.43 in the demo with 11.13 million.

UPDATE: CBS has ordered two additional episodes, bringing the season total to 24 installments.

Episode 01-06: Thursday, 11/08/12
2.2 in the demo (-8% change) with 10.90 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 2.45 in the demo with 11.19 million.

Episode 01-05: Thursday, 11/01/12
2.4 in the demo (+9% change) with 10.49 million (+2% change).
Season averages: 2.50 in the demo with 11.25 million.

Episode 01-04: Thursday, 10/25/12
2.2 in the demo (-4% change) with 10.31 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 2.52 in the demo with 11.44 million.

UPDATE: CBS has ordered nine additional episodes, bringing the season total to 22.

Episode 01-03: Thursday, 10/18/12
2.3 in the demo (-8% change) with 10.91 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 2.63 in the demo with 11.82 million.

Episode 01-02: Thursday, 10/04/12
2.5 in the demo (-19% change) with 11.13 million (-17% change).
Season averages: 2.80 in the demo with 12.27 million.

Episode 01-01: Thursday, 09/27/12
3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 13.41 million total viewers.
Season averages: 3.10 in the demo with 13.41 million.

This was a positive start for the new series, particularly in viewership, but the demo could have been stronger — especially considering the fairly lackluster competition (Scandal on ABC and Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC).

Compared to the season premiere of The Mentalist a year ago, CBS was up by 10% in the demo (vs a 2.8 rating) and down by 1% in viewers (vs 13.56 million).


Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Elementary TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a second season?

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97 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Martin says

    The show is even better when watching it a second time.
    The plots can be complicated, but that is good.
    Holmes is quite different from the books, but very entertaining.

  2. Anonymous says

    I am really enjoying this show, the only one on my radar to watch every week. Please don’t cancel! It has some real potential. Love Jonny Lee Miller’s subtle British humor, I find myself wanting to catch every word. Lucy Lui brings some interesting chemistry. I am holding faith that this show will be renewed. CBS, please don’t let me down!

  3. Gerard says

    As far as I can tell, its the best new show out there. And,
    at least you need to think and use a brain cell while you watch it.

  4. sheridan hope says

    meh…. it’s not Sherlock Holmes.. it’s a police procedural jumping on the Sherlock Holmes bandwagon to cash in. The writing is typical, dumbed down CBS fare. Shame really… Miller is a very good actor. He deserves better. Liu.. meh… No thank you.. when I want my Sherlock Holmes fix, I’ll watch reruns of the Granada Jeremy Brett series and wait for the Brilliant BBC Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

  5. Davers says

    I haven’t enjoyed a show as much as Elementary since the launch of Castle. Its great fun and always entertaining.

    • Anonymous says

      I absolutely agree with you. They’d be foolish to cancel this Series. I love the chemistry between Miller & Liu and agree its like the chemistry between Fillion & Katic.

  6. Chip Worrell says

    This is the only show I watch consistantly!Even though there are new episodes each week, there are reacurring themes, this I like. Cancelling this show would be of diservice
    because there are so many shows that are a lot worse and should be cancelled. Give it time!!!

  7. R Gordon says

    It’s become my favorite show.Johnny lee miller and lucy Liu are excellent and make the series unique,quirky and extremely interesting.

  8. says

    Both my husband and I love this show because of Johnny Miller and Lucy Lui. It would be heart breaking to see this show cancelled. CBS needs to renew this show!

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