'CSI' Renewed by CBS for Season 14; Ted Danson's Contract Extended

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March 20th, 2013


via press release:


“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the Most Watched Show in the World, Renewed for 2013-2014 Season

Series Stars Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner Will Also Return Next Season


CBS announced today a new contract extension for CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION star Ted Danson and that the U.S. and global hit series has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season. In addition, Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”), original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall along with Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner will also return next season.


CSI is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network, said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI, reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members.


CSI is one of the top global franchises and is seen in almost every country in the world,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “It defined feature television and its whodunnit storytelling captured audiences since the day it premiered. We are fortunate to have had Carol Mendelsohn’s creative vision at the helm since the inception, as well as the talents of her partner Don McGill. The addition of Ted Danson has infused new energy into the series and we couldn’t be more thrilled with its continued worldwide success.”


? Currently in its 13th season on CBS, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION wins its Wednesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) time period in viewers (11.85m), adults 18-49 (2.9/08) and adults 25-54 (3.8/09). It is also a global ratings hit, earning the International TV Audience Award for the “most watched show in the world” for the third consecutive year, and fifth time in seven years.


Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker, Don McGill, Jonathan Littman, Louis Milito, Ann Donahue, Cindy Chvatal and William Petersen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios and Entertainment AB Funding LLC in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television.


  • Ultima

    Considering the show has been freefalling in the ratings, I’m kind of surprised by this.

    Here’s something else that will surprise you… CSI’s ratings!

    2.5, 2.6, 2.3, 2.4, 2.4, 2.3, 2.5, 2.4, 2.6, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.4, 1.9, 2.3, 1.9

    Having a couple of nonconsecutive subpar episodes is not freefalling in the ratings.

  • HalCapone

    CSI: the most watched show in the universe by very, very old people.

  • DSC

    What I find fantastic is Ted Danson’s ability to reinvent himself. It seems that all he does turns into a hit.
    11 years on cheers
    6 years on Becker
    stints on Damages and Bored to death, both critically acclaimed
    and now CSI, for who knows how many more years.
    all this in the last 30 years alone. impressive.

  • DSC

    I’m also delighted that it looks like the original show is gonna bury its lesser siblings. It was fair that Miami was the first to go, Caruso was just a cartoon. I enjoyed the initial mood of NY, back in season one where they had the underground offices and everything was a little darker, but of course, people complained, and they changed that.
    people nowadays associate CSI with something to be made fun of, but the original still deserves accolades for being better than what came after it, in tone, cast, stories and just about everything. it was unique show, that somebody decided to turn into a McDonalds. that the original show appears to be the only one surviving this season, is just fine by me.

  • Lu

    Great news, it is a great show and I’m sure it will the only CSI that will last.
    It’s the only crime show that I actually respect. Though I miss Grissom, I love DB.
    Congratulations to all the cast and crew. And please get Greg and Morgan together ;)

  • Jon

    I think CSI is safe for at least two more years, I imagine when the final season is announced, CBS will make a big song and dance about it given that it was one of the shows that turned around their fortunes.

  • Ultima

    CSI: the most watched show in the universe by very, very old people.

    Yet the show had monster ratings amongst young adults for most of last decade.

  • Networkman

    This is great to hear. I think they simply need to keep this same cast for the next couple of years until the series finale. CBS has a hard decision dealing with the scheduling of the show. Will it stay behind Criminal Minds for a third year or will it be moved to another night?

  • RandomCommentor

    Wow, I didn’t think there would be so many comments about this.

    Anyway I do agree with a lot of the commentors here about Danson being pretty good in this. I never really liked Danson that much in Cheers, Becker, or anything else really. On CSI though he’s actually quite good, an almost refreshing professional, laid-back take on that role. With the current cast it has really been one of the better seasons this year, so I’m glad they kept most/all of the cast.

    Pretty good ratings at 10PM alone make it a shoe-in for renewal.

  • Hepha

    Good news ! Not surprising though !
    I hope that NY will have the same fate, but that’s a little bit more complicated !

  • Devon

    I bet Criminal Minds and Elementary will both be renewed on April 4th. Judging by the trend.

  • Nathan

    I’m glad CSI was renewed but get rid of Ted Danson. He should be on Cheers with Whoopi.

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