October 23, 2012

THE SKED: CBS Doubles Down on “Vegas,” Finds Back Order “Elementary”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Neither VEGAS nor ELEMENTARY is setting television screens on fire with their 18-49 ratings so far. Vegas scored a 2.0 in its last airing that merely tied the perpetually bubbled Parenthood, and Elementary hit a somewhat better 2.3, but in an hour where NBC doesn’t even try, airing the practically invisible Rock Center.  However, both are at least tied for the lead in their hours, and both overperform hugely when older viewers are taken into account (Elementary had almost 11M total viewers last week, and Vegas had close to 12M).  These days, especially at CBS, those count as “hit” numbers, and consequently, today both shows received back orders for 9 additional episodes.  (It’s worth noting that CBS doesn’t have much on its shelves for midseason,) The two shows will still have something to prove if they want to survive to respective Season 2s.

Still twisting in the wind:  the networks sole new sitcom, PARTNERS, as to which the main question is probably whether the network wants some more episodes for scheduling purposes before making its move.  (MADE IN JERSEY, of course, already sleeps with the fishes.)

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."