Despite low ratings and being omitted from the CBS series renewal order in March, creator and executive producer Robert Doherty is still hopeful his Elementary TV show will not be cancelled. He’s so optimistic, in fact, that he included cliffhangers into the Elementary season five finale episode.
A CBS procedural crime drama, Elementary follows detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Also starring are Aidan Quinn as Captain Thomas Gregson and Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell. The cast also includes John Noble and Nelsan Ellis.
TV Line reports Doherty is betting on a sixth season:
“I’m an eternal optimist,” Doherty tells TVLine. “I feel good. I feel like we’ve had a strong season. We’re certainly very pleased with the way it’s wrapping up. And trust me, there’s a lot of Elementary left in this humble writing staff. Many, many stories to come.”
Doherty adds that the Season 5 closer (airing Sunday, May 21 at 10/9c) was “absolutely” intended as “a season finale,” not a series ender. And if it does turn out to be the show’s swan song, viewers might be left without closure, seeing as how the episode features “a cliffhanger in a couple of respects.”
Elementary Season Five: A Look at the Ratings
The fifth season of Elementary is currently averaging a 0.67 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.94 million viewers. Compared to season four, that’s down by 30% and down by 14%, respectively.
Among other scripted CBS TV shows, Elementary ranks above only Doubt, which has already been cancelled, Training Day, which hasn’t been officially cancelled but will be, and Ransom. Although a renewal is not impossible, a sixth season of Elementary does not seem too likely.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Elementary TV show? Should CBS cancel or renew it for season six?
One of the best shows. Don’t cancel. Big Bang Theory, is another story.
I think this is one of the best shows on TV!! The actors are fabulous!! Please renew!!
Certainly hope there is a Season 6. One of the few shows on TV that requires ‘gray matter’ to watch – so many others full of car chases, dead bodies and the same plot used over and over again. Please renew Elementary – really enjoy it.
The caliber of this show is top notch!! Does EVERY show always have to be geared to the 18-49 year olds? There a still a lot of us out here in every generation that love to follow a good police procedural without a lot of story arcs where you have to THINK!! LOVE this show!!
Elementary definitely should be continued. It might not be the most popular
program on television, but that is to be expected. It is, after all, geared to
“thinking people” and if we look at most other shows, we are definitely in
Please do not cancel “Elementary”. It is a great series and always keeps you
guessing and looking forward to the next show. One of the few programs
on TV that is not mindless insanity. It’s nice to think once in awhile.
Please do not cancel Elementary. I am a loyal viewer. It is the one CBS show I look forward to and the only reason I try out other shows on your networks to see if they are a similar caliber.
This is one of the few remaining intelligent shows on network television. It has class and subtle humor lacking in so many others. PLEASE keep it! But give Johnny back his hair! 🙂
The writing for this series is top notch. So many mysteries have major plot holes, and “personal lives” are just added for humanization. But with this one — the plots are complex and well thought out, and the personal lives make for a fascinating character sketches of bizarre but believably real eccentrics. Jonny Lee Miller in this show defines how lead actors should dominate the screen. The rest of the acting cast is good though not great — and Lucy Liu has improved as a result of learning from Miller. If any show deserves continuation, it is this one. All… Read more »
Put in a terrible time slot, how can it survive
Well, that will suck. This season has definitely been fantastic, the show’s best since season two. But producers should know to never end seasons on cliffhangers when ratings are low, because networks don’t care about cliffhangers or audience’s feelings. Seriously, if this show ends with a cliffhanger after five seasons and then CBS cancels it, that will just tick off the fans and it’ll be show’s own producers’s fault. Not a way to go. Bad move by them all.
loved show and people in it, but writing got terrible and show got too dark. show lost its spark. reruns of first 3 years better watch.
By all means continue. This series is still very enjoyable even if it no longer has the novely attraction.