Why Did Cbs Kill Csi Miami ?

TV writers were performing a postmortem analysis of the death, announced Sunday, of CBS's CSI Miami, starring David Caruso, one of television's top-rated shows. New York Times media writer Bill Carter speculated that the cancellation of the show occurred "because it was more expensive than its newer, and lower-rated, sister show, CSI New York . It is a curious fact that the longer a TV series remains on the air, the more expensive it becomes to produce. Featured actors often demand huge salary increases. Labor contracts assure even low-ranked crew members substantial pay increases. To retain quality, expensive location shoots are cranked up. And as production costs for CSI Miami mounted, ratings for the series softened. CSI Miami has been on the air for 10 years; the parent show, CSI Crime Scene Investigation is in its thirteenth season; CSI New York is in its ninth. Some media commentators saw the handwriting on the wall for the other members of the CSI franchise. "The news marks the beginning of the end for one of TV's most successful franchises of the past decade," The Los Angeles Times commented. There was no immediate comment from producers or cast members about the cancellation. Also canceled on Sunday was the supernatural drama A Gifted Man . Despite the fact that it managed to draw a relatively large audience -- averaging about 8.5 million viewers -- it was one of the lowest-rated shows among the 18-49 age group. Star Patrick Wilson took to Twitter to complain that he heard about the cancellation via an email, not from the network. However, he added, it was "shocking to no one. He concluded, "I couldn't be happier. As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for."

14/05/2012


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I'm very sad that CBS have axed CSI Miami the most popular of the three shows. I understand that the show ratings in the US were not good, but CBS should have considered the viewing figures of fans world wide, should also have considered the fact that were many unfinished storylines which could have resulted in at least another series. It would have been good to know that David's character had found happiness with a life long partner. As for all the character's it would have been interesting to know what their future would have been. Shame on those who pulled the plug on our most favourite CSI show, you will never be forgiven.

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