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'Elementary' wins post-Super Bowl slot

Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu)

Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) consult on a case in "Elementary." Credit: CBS

If new CBS series "Elementary" needed an even bigger boost than the full season order the network handed it a couple of weeks ago, then it just got that boost: the post-Super Bowl slot.  A "special" episode, per CBS, will air Feb. 3 at 10 p.m.

 "Elementary" is certainly doing well -- averaging 14.2 million viewers -- but "Vegas" (14.5 million) is doing even a little bit better, thus begging the obvious question: Why? (CBS is part-owner of both shows.)

But the news for "Elementary" couldn't be much better.  The Super Bowl after-party is one of the premier post positions in television -- arguably the best one -- and shows that land there can go on to grander, gaudier heights: "The Voice," which aired behind last season's  Super Bowl on NBC, certainly turned out to be a good omen for that show. There have of course been exceptions: Some "Gleeks" believe its post-Super Bowl edition actually hurt the show, but the "American Dad" pilot that aired in 2005 certainly didn't dim its prospects. During the past 20 or so years, there have been only a couple of instances of outright failure -- "Extreme" on ABC (1995) and "The Good Life" (NBC, 1994). 

 "Elementary" has nothing to worry about.

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