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Elementary: Season Two Ratings

Elementary TV show on CBSThe ratings for the first season of Elementary weren’t all that impressive but CBS renewed it for a second season anyway. Will the numbers improve in season two, stay the same, or fall so the show ends up cancelled? We shall see.

A contemporary update on the Sherlock Holmes stories, Elementary follows the eccentric detective (Jonny Lee Miller) and Doctor Watson (Lucy Liu) as they help solve crimes in New York. Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill round out the cast.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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3/13 update: This show has been renewed for the 2014-15 season by CBS.

Final season averages: 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.79 million total viewers.

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For comparisons: The first season of Elementary averaged a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.65 million total viewers.

Note: These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). 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 still like the Elementary TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a third season?

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Holdon McGroin May 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Long live mindless fluff. If what passes as good TV is truly representative, we are a nation of narcissistic cretins.


victory November 14, 2014 at 2:23 am

love elementary….but they introduced a new girl…..bad bad bad choice….lost it’s magnetism….lost it’s appeal….too scattered now…..where have the good writers gone…..please have the new girl leave to take care of her aging grandmother…’s an insult to lucy liu…..she is splitting image of the famous nefertiti statue, and great actress… dare they upstage her!!!


Franlyn Scarlett October 22, 2014 at 2:49 am

Elementary is absolutely awful. The BBC’s Sherlock beats the pants off that show. The audience is definitely dwindling. for Elementary, I tip this show to disappear half-way through the season. It’s poorly done, and a bad example of hack writing. Pull the plug on it. The adult audience has already walked away!


Patty November 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

I don’t see at all how Sherlock beats Elementary in any way. They have a whole bunch of story lines that are left unresolved which really defeats the point of Sherlock Holmes because he’s meant to SOLVE crimes. It’s a bit cliche and I see most of the twists coming whereas I don’t always for Elementary. The writing for Elementary is superior, you can tell they put a lot of research into it.

The way Sherlock is filmed is cool, I’ll give it that. I don’t find any of the characters particularly engaging though.


vivian September 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Nooooo, don’t cancel. I love it! Awesome characters and wonderful storylines! Pls, keep it going!


Anon ymous August 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Absolutely loved the first season. The writing, the solutions, the characters, it was just a blast. However, all the perspective and training they gave you made you then notice the second season writing, so badly that you could start guessing who did it. It’s funny, maybe it was a training exercise? I started to not care about Joan + Mycroft and at that point I lost interest in the series.

As a first season it was perfect. I don’t like where it went. It worked precisely because it wasn’t a romantic liaison between Sherlock and Watson, that would have been contrived. Watson wanting to live elsewhere has no connection to me. Mixing in a Mycroft relationship just ruined it for me and the writing is now about them not about the cool stories.

This is a real loss, the show, Miller and Liu, have been otherwise outstanding. Season One is a keeper.


Linda Tate September 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I love this show…don’t need the romantic intrigue from Sherlock…an element that adds nothing, the original relationship was good and interesting, don’t like so much of his brother…..don’t venture too far from original…..they are both great actors and the story line intriguing and can be even more so, you have smart creative writers, smarten it up, not boring typical stories trying to get ratings…….they are the kind of characters that can carry you far


Vanessa Kriel July 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

ELEMENTARY is a knockout series with an excellent cast. Storyline is phenomenal and keeps me rooted to my seat. MORE PLEASE!!!


James Pembroke June 21, 2014 at 1:27 am

ELEMENTARY great show very talented people. LUCY LIU one of the most beautiful women on T.V.


Alessandro May 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I love this show!
Do not cancel it, please,.
Talking about the british one, it’ s defenetely nice, but no way, i do prefer kucy liu!



Emmy woodhouse May 21, 2014 at 4:18 am

Elementary is an excellent show, great acting, good writing, respectful of race and gender.much, much better than the BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes stories. The BBC one is very cliche and the character is too annoyingly arrogant and robotic, even reptilian. JLM has managed to make Sherlock into a lively, humane and a very inspiring character.


AD May 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

I actually like both of them. Both shows have actors that are doing well together. The shortness of the Sherlock keeps it from getting boring. Lucy Liu as Watson is an excellent idea.


Ranea S. May 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

No way. BBC Sherlock is awesome. Benedict Cumberbatch is great in the show.


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Jeannine May 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I completely agree with Fred. The BBC Sherlock is as far-fetched as you can get–especially this season! Terrible! I love Elementary, and the show seems to get better with every episode.


Fred Harpt March 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Miller & Liu have a great quirky chemistry. They’re both terrific. Show is clever, entertaining, & much better than the BBC Sherlock, which for some reason has everyone swooning.



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