CSI's ratings drop without Gil Grissom

Last week, CSI said goodbye to its beloved leader of eight-and-a-half seasons, Gil Grissom (played by William Petersen). This week, CSI said goodbye to about seven million viewers, as more than a quarter of the audience decided to not tune in following Grissom's departure.

Don't worry, CSI still topped the night in total viewers (17.5 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter, but placed well below the ballyhooed departure show that drew in more than 24 million. We'll keep a close eye on the show's performance with Larry Fishburne at the helm instead of Petersen.

With CSI down, ABC took the night ratings-wise thanks to a very strong performance from Grey's Anatomy (14.3 million, 5.6 rating/14 share among 18-49 year olds). Private Practice (9.6 million, 3.6/10) and Ugly Betty (7.5 million, 2.4/7) rounded out the winning night.

For Fox, Bones made its Thursday debut and held its own, attracting 10 million viewers and a 2.8/8. However, the numbers were down nine percent from its old home of Wednesday nights. A second airing of Bones in the 9 p.m. time slot fared worse, dropping to 7.5 million viewers and a 2.5/6 score. Hell's Kitchen is expected to take over the time period next week.

NBC's comedy block put it in third with the best numbers going to The Office (8.7 million, 4.6/11) and the worst going to Kath & Kim (4.9 million, 2.2/6). On the CW, Smallville (3.9 million, 1.6/4) and Supernatural (3.0 million, 1.3/3) stayed relatively steady, despite the latter's awesomely titled episode "Criss Angel is a Douchebag."

What did you watch last night?

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Mar 22, 2009
I love CSI, loved Grissom and was very fearful when I heard he was leaving (sob!) but I think we should give Laurence Fishburne a chance. I'll reserve judgment for the time being and see what happens. But it's a totally different show now and I'll miss Grissom's little quirks and those looks Catherine gives him when he says something weird or obscure. Oh well, life goes on ... :(
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Mar 09, 2009
HELLO of course they dropped since he left the show. he was the main character. without him no CSI. he as i say was the "peanut butter to the pj sandwich" .. commmonnn ppl think next time before you make that bigg asss desicion
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Mar 06, 2009
they push 3 main characters out of the show. of course the rating will drop. what did they expect?
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Feb 23, 2009
I haven't seen any program without Grissom yet, in my country (Peru) they just played the 3rd one of this season, but i'm gonna really miss him! He's the one! Is the brain of the body, and i can't imagine the team without him. Really CSI and Grissom made me love criminalistic series. GRISSOM COME BACK! ='(
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Feb 20, 2009
I really loved Grissom too. But honestly his story was about to end.I think all people have limits to what they can handle maybe he was just tired of dealing with the scum of the earth. Laurence Fishbourne rocks, what a gift to tv. I wonder what his salary is like.
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Feb 20, 2009
I loved Grissom (and Sara and Warrick) but after a couple of episodes with the new team, I have to honestly say that I love Catherine as the lead. I'm seeing a more balanced use of the team, and more glimpses into the personalities. It's as if with Grissom out of the way, everyone else got to take a step forward.
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Feb 17, 2009
I am a Life long tv watcher its pretty much my social life and i think csi is doing fine since losing 3 of its major players and thanks dvr i can watch both supernatural and CSI
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Feb 06, 2009
JA-JA all i have to say you know you can kill, dessapear iven stab a character but you never have to piss with the prime character without Grissom CSI its like... Smallville without Clark or Supernatural without Sam and Dean its like a car without wheels



Grissom aout program out



XO XO



:):)
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Feb 04, 2009
No big surprise!
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Feb 04, 2009
Yay Bones 10 mil is great. keep it up!!!!
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Feb 03, 2009
Grey's deserve better, is a great show. I hope the rating keep on raising
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Feb 03, 2009
Grey's deserve better, is a great show. I hope the rating keep on raising
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Feb 03, 2009
Yay To "Grey's Anatomy"
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Jan 31, 2009
CW! you have to moved supernatural and smallville! thursdays are killing them! please dont kill your own shows
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Jan 30, 2009
Fishburne is pretty good. More people should give him a chance.



Bones needs to go back to its old time.
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Jan 30, 2009
still loved csi. an fishburne is a good "replacement" :)
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Jan 30, 2009
17.5 million viewers, that not bad!!
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Jan 30, 2009
Hold on a cotton pickin' minute. This article makes it sounds like the show has dropped irrevocably. The dropoff of 7 million is between the Grissom departure show, and the show right after. What were the regular ratings, say, 10 weeks ago?
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Jan 29, 2009
Go BONES!!! haha.
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Jan 29, 2009
Grissom :(
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Jan 28, 2009
Getting rid of the lead character on a tv show is risky, but 17 mil is still great, especially by today's ratings standards.
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Jan 28, 2009
HE IS GONE IM NOT WATCHING ANYMORE THAT WAS MY HUBBYS FAV SHOW
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Jan 28, 2009
Without Grissom, CSI stands for "Can't Stand It"!
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Jan 27, 2009
It's still a good show - I'm glad that LF is there as a newbie - we can sort of learn it all over again. He brings a different dynamic. I'll miss Gil - but we still have great people on the show - maybe they can be spotlighted more often.
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Jan 27, 2009
Bring Grissom back and you'll get 30 million! Seriously, what happened to our favorite show? With 3 major characters out, I'm not surprised to see the show's ratings keep getting worse and worse.
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Jan 27, 2009
ok i watched csi with Larry Fishburne and thought it had a hole new fresh start it felt like we were watching a new show but we new the cast Fishburne did well playing the new guy a fish out of water you might say but it has the feeling that it can only get better as long as Fishburne dose not become the all knowing csi before his time
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Jan 27, 2009
Anyone notice that the week that Grissom wasn't going to be on CSI is the week Bones and Private Practice got moved? I'm pretty sure Thursday ratings are important for ad revenues or something. But the move was puzzling. Moving Private Practice makes sense, due to Grey's. Moving Bones made no sense at all.
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Jan 27, 2009
Anyone notice that the week that Grissom wasn't going to be on CSI is the week Bones and Private Practice got moved? I'm pretty sure Thursday ratings are important for ad revenues or something. But the move was puzzling. Moving Private Practice makes sense, due to Grey's. Moving Bones made no sense at all.
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Jan 26, 2009
Why is CSI getting more viewers than Bones?



Gil Grissom WAS CSI and Bones is just getting better and better :P
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Jan 26, 2009
I still haven't watched Thursday's CSI, but I loved Supernatural and that is an awesome title for an episode.
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Jan 26, 2009
I still think Bones did very good. Why don't they mention Eleventh Hour? It attracted a lot more viewers than Private Practice.

Good bye Grisson, I'll miss you :(
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Jan 26, 2009
CSI will tank soon.
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Jan 26, 2009
We will have to see what happens with CSI. Glad Greys did so well.
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Jan 26, 2009
Ah, CSI w/o Peterson will eventually fall the way that Stargate went after Richard Dean Anderson left. Viewers hate change...I don't care too much as long as the stories still work.
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Jan 25, 2009
The episode in which Grissom left was a very inportant one - of course it was going to get more ratings then usual!! The drop isn't due to Grissom's departure directly - rather, fans who have been fans from the start but stopped watching for whatever reason might've tuned in again for that one episode.
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Jan 25, 2009
Of course they do!
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Jan 25, 2009
I stopped watching CSI when Gil and Sara became a couple and I swore I wouldn't watch it again until one of them left the show. Now that Gil and Sara are both gone, the show is in need of new blood. While Ray Langston will NOT replace Grissom, I feel that fans need time to get used to him. I think that his character has the potential to be compelling given his genetic makeup so I'm going to watch the remainder of the season before I can honestly say whether or not I like his character.
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Jan 25, 2009
it will be different but CSI is such a strong show it will cope! It i just a big adjustment especially combined with the loss of 2 other CSI's within the space of a season!
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Jan 25, 2009
jeeeeez, its been 1 episode without gil... a bit quick to judge don't you think????
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Jan 25, 2009
I watched the first ep without Grissom and it took me a little while to get into it, but i'll stick with the show. As I live in the UK I don't get counted in the ratings, so no biggie there. However I thought the Grey's ep was excellent, better than CSI. Thank god for streaming online or i'd have to wait many months for them all to be shown here in the UK
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Jan 25, 2009
DUH! EVERYONE KNOWS "NO GRISSOM = NO SHOW"!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 25, 2009
i don't watch csi anyway but 17 million still seems like a lot
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Jan 24, 2009
I thought the episode was still pretty good. But its gonna take a while for Grissom fans to get used to Langston. He is still learning about everything...
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Jan 24, 2009
I'm not surprised CSI lost so many viewers. Doesn't mean I think the show isn't good anymore or anything. But it's sad he's gone.
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Jan 24, 2009
It was obvious that the ratings were going to fall on CSI. But I mean there is still some of the main people. I am a huge CSI fan and I am going to continue to watch it every Thursday,its going to be hard without Grissom but I think that show will do ok. Plus he is supposed to come back for parts...I thought Dr.Raymond Langston was awesome! I really liked that past episode.
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Jan 24, 2009
It was predictable, but at the end it was not that bad. I believe that the show it going to bloom again.
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Jan 24, 2009
i hate csi now ... first no Sarah...then no Warrick:(( and now no Grissom:| . i hope you`re happy ,csi directors. you have just lost another fan:)
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Jan 24, 2009
You know why Bones' 2nd ep lost 2.5 mil viewers? Because at 9 they all switched over and helped out with CSI's 17.5 mil viewers (im guessing, but i think its a pretty good guess).
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Jan 24, 2009
we haven't got that far yet in the UK...but i doubt i'll be watching it after grissom leaves...lol, if i wanted to see lawrence fishburne id watch the matrix
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Jan 24, 2009
I haven't watched it much since Sara left. I was thrilled to see her back for Grissom's finale(it was beautiful), but the show lacks something without those characters and their storyline. It is still a good show and I will probably watch occasionally, but I have moved away from the predictable crime shows to more creative and unique shows.
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