Read It And Weep: Why We Get More CSI and Law & Order

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May 26th, 2008

There have been other failures. ABC's "The Nine" ultimately rated zero with viewers. CBS's nuclear drama "Jericho" won critics' plaudits and became a cult favorite -- but it was a bigger hit with web audiences than couch potatoes, so CBS dumped it after a short reprieve. In fact, 75% to 80% of new shows end up getting canceled, which is a good indication of why the networks often try to imitate what's worked, as in all the variations on "CSI" and "Law & Order."

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