Amid the long list of series renewals CBS announced Monday (May 11), one show was conspicuously missing: “CSI.”
It doesn’t take a forensic scientist to figure out that means the show’s fate is still up in the air — but there is still hope for fans of the network’s longest-running current drama. A network source tells Zap2it that CBS is working on a finale plan for the 2015-16 season.
Whether that means a shorter episode order or some other kind of wrap-up like a TV movie remains to be seen.
“CSI” ended Season 15 with the conclusion of its Gig Harbor Killer storyline and the departure of original cast member George Eads, whose character, Nick Stokes, took a job running the San Diego crime lab.
His departure means Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) and Eric Szmanda (Greg Sanders) are the only cast members from the show’s 2000 pilot who remain with the show. Even that comes with an asterisk, as Fox left the show for a time and Szmanda was billed as a guest star at the outset. Robert David Hall (Dr. Robbins) joined the cast early in Season 1.
“CSI” averaged 11.2 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 for the season (including Live +7 DVR viewing). Its numbers are on par with those of spinoff “CSI: Cyber,” which is coming back for a second season in 2015-16.