Post-Super Bowl Shows Through The Years: How Will 'Elementary' Do Compared To Others? (VIDEO)

Feb 01, 2013

The Super Bowl is the biggest television event of the year. The sheer volume of viewers tuning in for the big game -- 111 million watched the Giants beat the Patriots last year -- ensures the show that plays post-Super Bowl enormous ratings potential. And in recent years, the networks have seized on the timeslot as a way to support their young hit shows.

Last year NBC took the opportunity to unofficially declare that "The Voice" was coming for "American Idol" and "The X Factor." The year before, Fox aired its "Thriller" and zombie-themed episode of "Glee," which turned out to be a ratings disappointment by post-Super Bowl standards.

Different networks have used various post-Super Bowl strategies over the years: NBC was rewarded for going the comedy route in 1996 when its post-Super Bowl "Friends" episode netted over 50 million viewers; CBS has had ratings success with reality shows, particularly "Survivor" and "Undercover Boss"; and ABC scored surprisingly high numbers with an outrageous episode of "Grey's Anatomy" in 2006.

Back in the days before premium cable, the networks used the post-Super Bowl timeslot to premiere shows with high potential. Both "The Wonder Years" and "The A-Team" debuted after Super Bowls in the '80s.

This year, CBS decided to go with its new procedural crime drama "Elementary," a choice that doesn't fit the traditional mold. The network might have been able to generate "Friends"-like ratings with "The Big Bang Theory" or a repeat performance with "Survivor: Caramoan" (which premieres on Feb. 13), but decided to go with a rookie show that's been averaging close to 10 million viewers per episode. To be fair, it is the highest-rated new drama of the 2012-2013 TV season.

Check out the slideshow below for a look back at how nine notable post-Super Bowl shows did in the ratings and whether they were able to sustain their post-Super Bowl ratings momentum throughout their seasons.

How do you think "Elementary" will do Sunday night? Share your thoughts in the comments.

"Elementary" will air at approximately 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 3 after Super Bowl XLVII on CBS.

Post-Super Bowl Shows Through The Years

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