CBS has ordered eight additional episodes of Elementary, the Sherlock Holmes series that stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as the fabled detective and his constant companion.
The fate of the series seems to be a bit all over the place this year. For the first time in its six-season span, the show was not given an early renewal, and then when the renewal finally came in May, it was only for 13 episodes as a mid-season series. That took it off the fall lineup for the first time since its debut. The additional episode order takes the series up to a full season, but no premiere date nor time slot has been set.
Previously, the series ran on Sundays, where there is now an opening since the plug was pulled on the Jeremy Piven-led series Wisdom of the Crowd. CBS decided not to give the series a back order amidst an investigation into Piven for sexual harassment allegations. Elementary has been a modest but reliable ratings performer for the network, and that is the most glaring opening in the schedule. However, they may move up NCIS: Los Angeles and Madam Secretary to put Elementary in the 10 p.m. slot instead of 8 p.m.
The series is fully owned by CBS and has a SVOD deal with WGN America, Hulu Plus, and broadcast stations that brings in nearly $3 million per episode. Also, Miller's popularity overseas makes it a strong seller to international markets. So, where it didn't get the early renewal, no one really expected the series to be cancelled, either. The 21-episode season puts it just under the 24 episodes it has done in each of the previous five seasons.