Even though the Elementary season 6 premiere date is unclear, there is good news in terms of the episode count.
According to a new report coming in right now via Deadline, there are going to be in total now 21 episodes of the CBS crime series. That’s an increase of eight from the original order of 13. The show was held to midseason for the first time in its run this year, just as this is also the first year that the show was a last-second renewal.
What we do ultimately think is that this raise in episodes likely means that the Jonny Lee Miller show is going to be premiering soon. It has to if the network wants to have all of these episodes air by the conclusion of May sweeps. There’s no other way around that, but the question remains still as to when it could air? One possible scenario is to air the episodes on Wednesday nights in between Survivor seasons, and then segue over to them airing on Sundays after the Super Bowl and the Oscars are concluded. Another possibility, as unfavorable as it may be, is choosing to put Elementary on Saturday nights. We don’t see that happening but with CBS, it’s possible.
Elementary is a very rare show for the network in that, by and large, its live+same-day ratings just don’t matter anywhere near as much as they do with some of the other shows that they have. This is a show that is syndicated on WGN America, has a rich streaming deal with Hulu, and also airs on broadcast stations all over the country. It’s also a huge hit internationally thanks to the appeal of Miller and co-star Lucy Liu to go along with the name recognition of Sherlock Holmes. It’s got so much more value than you see with some of its fairly-low live+same-day ratings. Elementary could be one of those shows that easily gets another season or two for reasons that are not completely obvious when you are first looking at some of the ratings.
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