It's time for our annual off-topic discussion of who will watch the Super Bowl's lead-out program. CBS has the broadcast rights to Super Bowl XLVII, and the last time they had an opportunity to air something, they chose to debut Undercover Boss in 2010. That ended up being a ratings success for CBS, as it captured 38.6 million viewers. It still ranks as the highest lead-out program since 2011, as last year's The Voice on NBC came up just shy at 37.611 million viewers.
This year, CBS is airing freshman crime drama Elementary, which portrays a contemporary take on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. The episode that will air is titled, "The Deductionist," and is the 14th hour the show will have aired this season. The show is one of the few freshman series on non-cable to be doing well this television series, pulling in an average of about 11 million viewers per episode.
Dramas often seem to come up a tad short in Super Bowl ratings. For example, take a look at how these non-medical dramas have done since 2000:
- 2000: The Practice (ABC, 23.847 million)
- 2003: Alias (ABC, 17.362 million)
- 2006: Criminal Minds (CBS, 26.314 million)
Two years ago, only 18% of you said you'd tune in to watch Glee after the Super Bowl. Last year, only 12% of you said you'd tune in to watch The Voice. Will the story be different this year? Vote in the poll below and let us know in the comments section. Also, feel free to spin this into an off-topic discussion about current television shows you are in to as well!