“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” also referred to as “CSI,” was an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on CBS Oct. 6, 2000. The series, originally starring William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, and later Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, and Elisabeth Shue, was the first series in the “CSI” franchise. After a 15-year-run, CBS’s “CSI” came to an end on Sunday night in a two-hour episode entitled “Immortality,” according to Variety on MSN on Monday.
USA Today summarized the ending of “CSI” as “Case Closed” when the show reunited original cast members and drew 12.1 million viewers during its two-hour finale. It was reported that the series’ had its biggest audience since January 2012. Formers actors came back to help bring closure to the show. This was a good excuse to bring back Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen, who left the show and was replaced by Lawrence Fishburne, who didn’t return for the finale. Catherine Willows, played by Marg Helgenberger, returned. Ted Danson played only a minor role in the finale.
During its fifteen years on CBS, “CSI” had an estimated world audience of over 73.8 million viewers. It is interesting that a 30-second commercial during “CSI” cost about $262,600. “CSI” had three spin-off series: “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” and “CSI: Cyber.”
“CSI” was the seventh longest-running scripted U.S. primetime TV series and was recognized as the most popular dramatic series internationally. “CSI” became the second most-watched show on American television by 2002. It was later named the most-watched show in the world for the fifth time in 2012. It won nine awards. Fans of “CSI” will certainly miss watching the show every week.