CBS is giving its hottest new show, “Scorpion,” a chance to attract millions of new viewers by slotting an original episode of the drama immediately after the net’s coverage of one of the year’s most-watched events.
The Eye announced Monday that a special episode of “Scorpion” featuring guest star David James Elliott (“JAG”) will air at roughly 10 p.m. ET on Jan. 18 following the network’s coverage of the AFC Championship Game. The participants in the game will be determined by this weekend’s playoff games, but another Denver-New England showdown (Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady) is certainly a possibility.
An audience of well above 50 million viewers can be expected, as this game is usually the second most-watched event of the year behind only the Super Bowl. CBS and Fox alternate airing the late NFL conference championship game, and last year’s primetime NFC Championship on Fox between Seattle and San Francisco averaged nearly 56 million viewers.
This will be the third straight year that the networks have aired a special Sunday episode of a young Monday drama after the primetime NFL conference championship game and then followed it up with another original segment in its regular timeslot the next night. Fox went with “The Following” last year, and CBS aired “Hawaii Five-0” in 2013.
“Scorpion” is among the season’s top new programs in key demos, and ranks No. 2 among rookies in total viewers (15.2 million).