6:45pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
CBS Renews 'Elementary' and 'The Amazing Race'
CBS is doubling down on Elementary and The Amazing Race.
The network has renewed both of the shows, neither of which were among the 11 returning and five new series the network renewed in March. The procedural drama, which debuted in 2012, will return for its sixth season, while the long-running reality series will be back for its 30th run.
Elementary, a modern spin on Sherlock Holmes, scored a renewal despite being CBS' lowest-performing returning scripted series, averaging just a 1.2 rating in the key demo with a very old audience of 7.7 million viewers.
The drama, which stars Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller, had been buried on Sunday nights, often airing outside of primetime thanks to NFL delays in the fall. But lucrative library deals and international appeal have kept the CBS TV Studios production in favor and will continue to do so.
An unscripted competition series that has been on the air since 2001, The Amazing Race is hosted by Phil Keoghan. The newest season premiered March 30, replacing the low-rated action series Training Day.
The renewals comes one day after CBS pulled the plug on comedy 2 Broke Girls after six seasons, and the same day it canceled Joel McHale multicamera effort The Great Indoors, which aired for only one season.
On Friday, the network picked up three comedy pilots to series: 9JKL, starring Mark Feuerstein; Living Biblically, executive produced by Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki; and Me, Myself and I, fronted by Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live). Also in the pipeline for the 2017-18 season at CBS is the Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon.