'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' is the Most-Watched Show in the World

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June 14th, 2012

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Popular Drama Wins Prestigious International TV Audience Award For The Fifth Time In The Award’s Seven-Year History

Presented By Monte Carlo Television Festival And Eurodata TV Worldwide

Monte Carlo, June 14, 2012 - CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is once again the most-watched show in the world, receiving the prestigious International Television Audience Award for a Drama TV Series at the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 14, 2012. This marks the fifth time the series has been awarded this honor in the past seven years based on stats from Eurodata TV Worldwide for the highest ratings worldwide in 2011 across five continents. CSI star Ted Danson was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the series.


The International Audience Awards are presented jointly by the Monte Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide to reward programs that delivered the highest ratings worldwide in 2011 across five continents in three categories: Drama TV Series, Comedy TV Series and Telenovelas/Soap Operas. The nominees were pre-selected among the 15 best imported fiction programs in 65 countries, i.e., nearly three billion potential viewers. CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION gathered more than 63 million viewers worldwide, surpassing the nominated shows in all three categories and making it the most-watched show in the world. CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION was joined by its spinoff series CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NY as the only nominees in the Drama TV series category, marking the first time ever in the Award’s history that all three series competed in the same category.


One of the top-rated dramas in America, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is a fast-paced drama about a team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes by examining the evidence. In Season 12, multi-Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Ted Danson and Academy Award winner Elisabeth Shue joined the established cast of George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, David Berman, Wallace Langham and Elisabeth Harnois.


CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NY is a global television franchise with all three series licensed in more than 200 markets. The three CSI series are produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.


CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets and in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse line-up of formats for local production around the world and participates in international channel ventures. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.


  • Nick

    Talk about bragging… Sheesh.

  • disney rocks

    bragging about csi miami when they cancelled it……. WOW!

  • Jack

    …and NCIS?????

  • Bjm

    NCIS has nothing to do with the CSI franchise.

  • Dennis

    …but NCIS is still most watched series of America!

  • mes

    @Dennis And?

  • RG-X

    Dennis: America is NOT the world – there are other nations that exist on the planet.

  • Danny Tse

    Elisabeth Shue was a Academy Award nominee (for the movie, “Leaving Las Veags)….not a Academy Award winner.

  • Justin121

    CSI is way, way, way past its prime.

    The CW is very popular outside the U.S.

  • psychic

    Good for it.

  • Holly

    CSI is way, way, way past its prime.

    The CW is very popular outside the U.S.

    Apparently not as popular as the CSIs…

  • Peter Mazz

    @Disney rocks… they are talking about C.S.I: Las Vegas (the first series in the franchise) They cancelled C.S.I Miami! -.-

  • Dallas

    This is the true money maker on TV right now making all of that money overseas. I think they may have some slight competition with this new Dallas.

  • Energy

    Justin is right The CW is very popular outside of the U.S. as their shows make a lot of money overseas. Nikita is in the top 5 grossers for American shows overseas.

  • thomas

    NCIS is not popular outside of the U.S. like CSI, The CW shows is popular but more people do ilegal downloads, and CSI have better ratings for be a procedural.

  • Mark Wilkins

    hey this is about CSI not cw, and according to these numbers its the best in the world. I’m glad it was CSI and not any crappy reality show

  • mes

    @Mark Wilkins Amen to that!

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