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CBS has once again proven that syndication money is indeed an enormously significant factor in the decision to renew a show, even more so than terrible ratings. The network has renewed Elementary for a sixth season.

Elementary has been getting fractional ratings for over a year now, and is averaging a 0.7 in Adults 18-49 in the current season. Based purely on the ratings, the show would have been cancelled a long time ago. But clearly, syndication money can go a really long way to keeping a show afloat.

Elementary is an updated version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes (here portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller) set in modern-day New York City. Holmes, a former Scotland Yard consultant, moved to New York City after rehab. Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) is hired to be Holmes sober companion, helping him to remain abstinent after being released from rehab. Holmes starts to work for the NYPD as a consultant detective and Watson becomes his apprentice.

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