This Sunday September 27, the 15-year-old show CSI: Las Vegas is coming to an end with a two-hour finale. Crime Scene Investigation was put on the air in October 2000, and by the late 2000’s it was the most popular TV show in the world. The CBS episodic show birthed spin-offs like CSI: Miami, CSI New York, CSI: The Experience, and CSI: Cyber. Cyber, which stars Patricia Arquette, although it’s kind of struggling with the ratings it was renewed for a second season. Throughout the years CSI has juggled cast members in and out, it’s been reported that the final episode will feature the recently added talent, like Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue and Elisabeth Harnois, who will be joined by original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.
This cancellation some critics have assumed they saw coming since back in October of last year CBS ordered the 15th season of CSI to be trimmed down from 22 episodes to 18.
The average rating of 8 Million viewers per episode, last season, proved the show was not pulling the same audience it used to in 2004, when Season 5 Premiere totaled 30.5 Millions spectators. Also, the cost of production kept rising as the seasons kept going, bringing CSI producers to the conclusion to end the whole Crime Scene saga with a feature length TV movie. CSI along with American Idol became two of the most iconic and profitable shows of the 21st century, and both said fair well to the American TV screens this year.
Among other shows that were cancelled this Fall season are: Revenge, The Millers, The Following, The Mindy Project, and Red Band Society.