11:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Scorpion' Lands Post-AFC Championship Slot on CBS
CBS is giving freshman breakout Scorpion some extra eyes.
The network announced Monday that the procedural based on the life of genius Walter O'Brien will air in the prime post-AFC championship game slot on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 10 p.m.
The series, starring Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick and Katharine McPhee, ranks as the No. 2 new series of the season, averaging 15.2 million total viewers and a 3.7 among adults 18-49. Scorpion will replace aging veteran CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on the 18th and air another new episode the following night in its regular slot on Monday at 9 p.m.
While the AFC championship game is not as big of a ratings draw as the Super Bowl (airing on NBC this year, followed by a special broadcast of The Blacklist), last year's matchup between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots averaged a whopping 51.3 million total viewers. It typically stands as the second-most-watched primetime program of the season, behind only the Super Bowl.
The special Scorpion episode will feature JAG star David James Elliott in a key guest role.