According to a new report coming in courtesy of Deadline, all three of these shows are in a good place right now to potentially be renewed as the latest sign that live+same day ratings are not as important as they once were. The same can be said here for another beloved show in The Amazing Race, which could be entering season 30.
As for the reasons for gratitude, let’s break this down show by show.
Elementary – The Jonny Lee Miller series is apparently one of the most sneaky-but-profitable shows on television right now, with it making tens of millions of dollars for CBS over the years. Much of that is due to it performing big on WGN America, broadcast stations, and Hulu. It also has an advantage in that the Sherlock Holmes property is enormously popular all over the world, which helps with overseas sales.
Quantico – The international appeal here thanks to star Priyanka Chopra makes the odds of this show returning also higher than you would expect upon first looking at the live+same day ratings. It also makes a ton of money courtesy of a Netflix deal, and if it makes it a couple more seasons, we can easily sell it selling to some other cable networks in syndication for even more money.
The Amazing Race – This situation is among the most interesting, mostly because the report notes something that we hadn’t to date considered — an impending writers’ strike. If that happens, CBS will need easy, cost-effective programming similar to what they needed during the 2007-08 season. (As someone who made it onto reality television thanks to writers strike creating a need, we understand the need for having such programming.) Even if it doesn’t come on the fall, most of the evidence is indicating to us that CBS will likely order a season 30 and then shelve it until they need it, similar to what they ended up doing for season 29. They’ll probably think that they can find some new shows that generate higher ratings. Whether or not that actually happens, however, remains to be seen.
Which one of these shows do you want to see come back on the air the most? Be sure to share in the comments below! (Photo: CBS.)