'Scorpion' Lands Post-AFC Championship Slot on CBS

'Scorpion'

9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 (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 GabelRobert 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.

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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.

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