CBS cancels ‘CSI,’ ending a TV era

SHARE CBS cancels ‘CSI,’ ending a TV era

One of the most successful TV series in small screen history is coming to an end with the announcement “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will wrap up its 15-year run on CBS with a movie event — including original star and former Chicago theater mainstay William Petersen as part of the mix.

The Sept. 27 event also will include former “CSI” fixture Marg Helgenberger as part of the special farewell.

The show was an immediate hit when it launched in 2000, averaging 20 million viewers by the end of its first season — ranking among television’s Top 10 series. It hit its top number in Season 5, snaring 26 million viewers.

The popularity of “CSI” and its forensic crime-solving led to three spinoff series: “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY” and just this past season, “CSI: Cyber.” The latter, starring newly named Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, was renewed Wednesday for a second season, with current “CSI” star Ted Danson joining the cast.

The cancellation of the original “CSI” comes as no surprise. CBS cut back the show’s 15th season episode order from 22 to 18 shows. The series ended the year with an average audience of 8 million viewers.

The Latest
The prosecution of three men charged in the 2011 murder of Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis has been plagued by misconduct allegations.
With Seiya Suzuki and Ian Happ having secured full-time roles in right and left field, respectively, center field remains up for grabs.
La Russa makes it official, will not return next season due to health reasons related to his heart
The announcement comes 100 days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. And it comes as wait times in Illinois for abortion procedures have skyrocketed from four days to two-and-a-half weeks at Planned Parenthood’s clinic in downstate Fairview Heights.
Diego Uribe admits shooting his aunt and killing 5 other family members in their home in 2016. Uribe’s lawyers contend others were involved.