September 28th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
“Elementary,” a modern-day, United States-set "Sherlock Holmes," premiered Thursday on CBS, garnering mostly positive reviews and plenty of eyes.
The crime drama, which stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson, respectively, drew about 13 million viewers, according to TV by the Numbers. And that's in spite of early criticism and comparisons to BBC's “Sherlock."
"'Elementary' doesn’t go in for cleverly re-worked versions of Conan Doyle stories (yet, at least), but that doesn’t make the BBC/PBS series automatically superior to the CBS show," Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker wrote.
Meanwhile, Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, writes: "It's not as clever as 'Sherlock,' or as deep as 'House' and it certainly doesn't have the action scenes of the new round of films, but it's not difficult to imagine it becoming a successful thread in 'The Adventures of the Endlessly Replicating Detective.'"
"Elementary" producer Robert Doherty commented on the similarities between the series in July, telling Collider.com, “Many hands have handled Sherlock over the years and Watson and the premise and the show. … I’ve seen many, many different takes and interpretations on the character and the franchise. They’re all great. I don’t think any of them hurt any of the others. … Sherlock, the character, has big shoulders and I think he can carry all of us."
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