CBS Orders Full Seasons of Vegas and Elementary

The season of kindness from TV networks continues, as two more new shows have joined the pile of newbies with full-season orders while other struggling freshmen somehow continue to linger (is The Mob Doctor a Highlander or something?). CBS has made the easy decision to keep Elementary and Vegas around through the spring. Both series are three episodes into their debut run, and both have received a back-nine order for a first-season total of 22 episodes.

For you numbers nerds, Elementary and Vegas have each been averaging more than 14 million viewers, according to CBS, and based on a quick survey of first-run audiences, that's presumably including DVR viewings. Both shows are still struggling in the 18-49 demo, though, with the most recent episode of Elementary grabbing a 2.3 rating and Vegas rolling up a 2.0. Fairly typical CBS numbers, right there.

With casts that include Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Jonny Lee Miller, and Lucy Liu, there wasn't much doubt that these two shows would be successful. But what I really like here is that CBS is branching out ever so slightly from its standard "contemporary procedural" format. The network hasn't given up on the typical "Let's solve a crime tonight!" formula, but at least they're doing it with a druggie Brit and a sheriff in 1960s Las Vegas!

CBS previously canceled its new Friday show Made in Jersey and has yet to make a decision on its new comedy Partners. However, if I was a betting man—which I am!—I'd put $20 on Partners not making it to Episode 14. I think it'll be quietly swept under the rug once its original 13-episode order is complete.

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I'm excited for Vegas and I am undecided about Elementary. Hopefully Jason O'Mara can catch a break with Vegas...
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One of the reasons Elementary is doing so well is that it took over the slot that The Mentalist was in, right after Person of Interest. Although it's actually loosing viewers from POI. And unfortunately it means that the Mentalist was bumped to Sunday night so people looking for something like the Mentalist in the Thursday 10pm slot watch Elementary.

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From CBS' point of view, how is people who like The Mentalist watching a similar show in the same time slot unfortunate? That's probably some of the reasoning that factored into the scheduling in the first place. As to Surette's relief that CBS is somewhat branching out, if I wanted to see continued stories with no resolution within the hour, I'd watch a soap opera, and better a procedural than a "reality" show (although admittedly the case-of-the-week has been the least interesting aspect of Vegas so far).
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Glad to hear "Vegas" and "Elementaty" will have full seasons. Quaid and Chiklis do a great job on "Vegas". Chiklis can now add a third strong performance to his resume following "The Commish" and "The Shield" (Let's forgive him for "Daddio".). Quaid has shown he is just as good on the small screen as he is on the movie screen. "Elemenatary" is terrific as well, but Johnny Lee Miller needs to slow down. I can't begin to count how many times I have had to roll back the show when I am watching it on On Demand because he talks at 500 miles per hour.
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super, now i live in the world where last resort is still waiting for a full order (having not many chances, for f sake!) while elementary and revolution are getting full seasons. #itsnotfair
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Yay love Elementary, don't watch Vegas but it was my tie-break show....ah well better late than never haha
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Never watch Elementary but i try "Vegas". It looks like a promising crime drama.
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I watch Elementary. Vegas I never gave a shot because I have zero interest in seeing Dennis Quaid in anything.
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Glad Elementary is getting picked up; I tend to like shows with abnormally intelligent leads. Vegas is completely off my radar as I have never had any interest in mafioso dramas. The only organized crime shows/movies I've enjoyed are old as all get out or Brick.
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So far, except for Vegas, every show picked up for a full season I don't watch anymore because I don't like them. But thank god for so much great stuff on HBO, Showtime and those other cable networks.
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two of my favourite new shows right here! glad they both got a full season pickup
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Didn't really care about Vegas, liked Elementary. Good thing I didn't pick either for my deadpool!
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I don't even watch Elementary, but it was my tie breaker in the deadpool. So far I have been doing horribly, so it's good to get something right at least.
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YESSSSS I HAD ELEMENTARY AS MY TIE-BREAKER!
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I'm super psyched about Elementary (YAY!), but jeez this Dead Pool is kicking my ass! All the shows I considered for my tie breaker are getting renewed but the one I settled on hasn't! I'm going to go kick myself for a while.
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YUSSS! Thanks, Tim! This is what I was waiting for. Now if you'll just announce a full season pickup for Last Resort, we'll be all good. :)
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I'm so happy about Elementary getting a full season. It's such a great show.
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Yay, Elementary!
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Elementary is my favorite new show this year.
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Happy for Vegas but don't care about elementary. Don't know why but I tried to watch that show & just couldn't get into it. Can't explain it I love Lucy Liu. Good for her though.
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I like Elementary!
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I didn't actually watch MiJ, but Im pretty confident that it was better than Partners.
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I originally had Vegas in my deadpool because its a period piece and they usually fail in the ratings. But luckily I changed it.
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Not surprising at all; reason why I didn't put either on my Dead Pool list. They're both slightly boring and fairly run-of-the-mill type procedurals... perfect of CBS.
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Cool. Different kinds of procedurals. One in the past and one with a man coincidently named Sherlock (kindest compliment I can give the show).
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I agree
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2 great shows, hope to see more decisions like this from all the networks
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I think that shows like these are a sign that CBS are just getting smarter. They know their viewers want procedurals, but they're making better and more interesting ones...
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And there's no shame in that, TV.com contributors' and readers' views notwithstanding. I sat through two hours of Grimm for the first time since the pilot last weekend and my first episode of Supernatural about two weeks ago. Was entertained by both, but don't see myself committed to watching either one week to week, probably because they're continuing stories.
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Yay! This is my tiebreaker as well. Now, if only networks would actually start cancelling some of these awful new shows.....
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but on a more positive an relevant note for me, yay elementary! :)
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fun fact: the first four episodes of the mob doctor are avaliable free on itunes. normally, for me anyway, thats a sign of (lets expose this show as much as we can to see if you can generate interest so we don't have to cancel it but probably will). or when you offer the season pass for 9.99. heres to seeing the death of beauty and the beast and the mob doctor soon.
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I'm going to say it as many times as I can. I love Mob Doctor! Great acting and great story. Yep, it probably won't go past 13 episodes, at most, but it's my favourite new drama along with Nashville.
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woooooooo Elementary is my tiebraker show in the dead pool and also i love it
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I don't watch or care about the show but it was my tie breaker too!! Really, I expected it to be the first show to be picked up, but I gues CBS likes to take their time
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Congratulations to all of you who had these two shows in their Dead Pool!



(Just celebrating Backhanded Compliments Day here.)
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Good, I knew I'd like Vegas, but was wary of Elementary. I really enjoyed it too, its kinda like if House was a detective.
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And that show has already been made. It's called "The Mentalist".
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