WGN AMERICA ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE OFF-NETWORK CABLE RIGHTS TO HIT CBS DRAMA "ELEMENTARY"
LOS ANGELES - Jan. 30, 2014 - The highly popular CBS drama ELEMENTARY is headed to WGN America, which has acquired exclusive off-network cable rights to the series, it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, and Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer for CBS Corp.
WGN America has the rights to all seasons of the critically acclaimed drama after each season has aired on CBS network.
"ELEMENTARY is a first-rate drama and terrific addition to the lineup of compelling content that is redefining WGN America," Cherniss said. "It's a perfect complement to our recent off-network acquisition, PERSON OF INTEREST, and we're excited to be the exclusive syndicated home for this great show."
"ELEMENTARY is a smart, high-quality series that has been a strong performer for CBS since it premiered," Koondel said. "We're confident it will be the latest in CBS's deep pipeline of dramas to make its mark in off-network cable syndication as well."
ELEMENTARY was the most watched new series in broadcast television during the 2012-2013 season. Currently in its second season on CBS, ELEMENTARY is averaging 12 million viewers and is ranked #4 among all primetime programs in L7 viewer lift, averaging a +4.15 million viewer increase over its live plus same day average.
Starring Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, ELEMENTARY is a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escaped to Manhattan, where his wealthy father forced him to live with his worst nightmare - a sober companion, Dr. Watson. The series also stars Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hall.
ELEMENTARY is produced by CBS Television Studios and executive produced by Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Craig Sweeny.
About WGN America
WGN America, the flagship network of Tribune Broadcasting Company, is nationally distributed via cable, satellite and telco with entertainment programming consisting of the original series "Salem," premiering April 20, 2014, and "Manhattan," premiering in July 2014, first-run programs, blockbuster movies and live sports. WGN America is currently available in 75 million homes. For program schedules or additional information please visit www.wgnamerica.com
About CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world's largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand - "the Eye" - one of the most recognized in business. The Company's operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS's businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.