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CSI franchise
Creator Anthony E. Zuiker solely of original series, co-creator of spin-offs with
Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn
Original work CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Print publications
Novels CSI novels
Comics CSI comics
Films and television
Television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Games
Video games CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Dark Motives
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder
CSI: Hard Evidence
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
CSI: Deadly Intent
CSI: Crime City
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
Miscellaneous
Exhibition CSI: The Experience
Partwork CSI Magazine
Toys CSI: Forensics Lab
CSI: DNA Laboratory
CSI: Forensic Facial

CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) is a media franchise of American television programs created by Anthony E. Zuiker and originally broadcast on CBS, all of which deal with forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and crimes committed.

The original series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which began in 2000, was renewed for its 15th season on March 13, 2014.[1] The first series in the franchise to end was CSI: Miami, which began in 2002 and was canceled after ten seasons on May 13, 2012.[2] CSI: NY which began in 2004 was canceled after nine seasons on May 10, 2013.[3]

On February 18, 2014, CBS announced plans to launch a new spin-off of the CSI franchise, with a backdoor pilot episode that will air in the spring as a season 14 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Inspired by producer Mary Aiken's previous work as a cyber-psychologist, the new series revolves around Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette)[4] in charge of the Cyber Crime Division at Quantico, Virginia.[5]

As of April 9, 2014, 744 episodes of the CSI franchise have aired.

Overview[edit]

The CSI franchise is available in 200 territories with an audience of two billion people,[6] various spin-offs have been developed to cater for the market, including novels, comic books, and computer games.

The franchise has had a large cultural impact. It has spawned what has been called the "CSI effect", in which juries often have unreasonable expectations of real-life forensics because of what they have seen on CSI. Equally, the new-found popularity of forensics dramas on television has led to an increase in applications for courses dealing with forensic science or archaeological science—in the United Kingdom applications are up by 30%.[7] The franchise is so influential that fellow CBS show How I Met Your Mother advertised itself as "not a Crime Scene Investigation show".[8] In some ways the franchise may also fill a cultural need:

"We started in 2000 and it was a success, but our ratings really shot up after the September 11 attacks," Zuiker says in a documentary about the CSI phenomenon to be aired at Christmas [2007]. "People were rushing to us for their comfort food. There was a sense of justice in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – it helped to know that there were people like our characters out there helping to solve crimes. And, of course, 9/11 was the world's largest crime scene."[6]

However the "CSI effect" has a negative side, as criminals are frequently covering up evidence that could be used to trace them using techniques learned by watching CSI and other shows in the same genre.[9]

Series[edit]

The first series spun off the second and third with crossover/pilot episodes.

Series Duration Location Current lead actors Former lead actors
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000–present, 14 seasons Las Vegas, Nevada Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Jon Wellner, with Elisabeth Harnois, and Paul Guilfoyle William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Lauren Lee Smith, Gary Dourdan, Liz Vassey, Louise Lombard, and Laurence Fishburne
CSI: Miami 20022012, 10 seasons Miami-Dade, Florida David Caruso, Emily Procter, Jonathan Togo, Rex Linn, Eva LaRue, Omar Benson Miller, and Adam Rodriguez Sofia Milos, Khandi Alexander, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Kim Delaney, Eddie Cibrian, and Rory Cochrane
CSI: NY 20042013, 9 seasons New York City, NY Gary Sinise, Sela Ward, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap, Robert Joy, A. J. Buckley, with Hill Harper, and Eddie Cahill Vanessa Ferlito and Melina Kanakaredes

Characters[edit]

Job Title Las Vegas Miami New York
CSI Supervisors Jim Brass (Pilot only) / Gil Grissom / Michael Keppler / Gil Grissom / Catherine Willows / D.B. Russell Horatio Caine Mac Taylor
CSI Assistant Supervisors Gil Grissom (Pilot only) / Catherine Willows / Nick Stokes / Julie Finlay Megan Donner / Calleigh Duquesne Stella Bonasera / Jo Danville
CSI #1 Catherine Willows (Pilot only) / Nick Stokes Eric Delko Danny Messer
CSI #2 Nick Stokes (Pilot only) / Warrick Brown / Riley Adams / Morgan Brody Tim Speedle / Ryan Wolfe Aiden Burn / Lindsay Monroe
CSI #3 Warrick Brown (Pilot only) / Sara Sidle Calleigh Duquesne / Natalia Boa Vista Sheldon Hawkes
CSI #4 Holly Gribbs (Pilot only) / Greg Sanders Jesse Cardoza N/A
CSI #5 Sofia Curtis / Raymond Langston Walter Simmons N/A
Medical Examiners Jenna Williams / Al Robbins Alexx Woods / Tara Price / Tom Loman Sheldon Hawkes / Evan Zao / Marty Pino / Peyton Driscoll / Sid Hammerback
Assistant Medical Examiners David Phillips N/A N/A
DNA Technicians Greg Sanders / Mia Dickerson / Wendy Simms / Henry Andrews Maxine Valera / Nicole Talcott Jane Parsons / Adam Ross
Trace Technicians David Hodges Aaron Peters / Michael Travers Zack Shannon / Kendall Novak
Fingerprints Technicians Charlotte Meridian / Mandy Webster Joseph Kayle N/A
Ballistics Technicians Bobby Dawson Jim Markham Chad Willingham
Toxicology Technicians Henry Andrews N/A Leonard Giles
A/V Technicians Archie Johnson Tyler Jenson / Dan Cooper / Dave Benton Adam Ross
Homicide Detective #1 Jim Brass Frank Tripp Don Flack
Homicide Detective #2 Sam Vega Yelina Salas Jessica Angell / Jamie Lovato
Homicide Detective #3 Ray O'Riley / Chris Cavaliere / Frankie Reed John Hagen / Jake Berkeley Kaile Maka
Homicide Detective #4 Cyrus Lockwood / Lou Vartan Adelle Sevilla Thacker / Vicaro
Homicide Detective #5 Gabriel Williams / Carlos Moreno Bernstein John Scagnetti
Sheriffs / Chief of Detectives Brian Mobley / Rory Atwater / Sherry Liston / Conrad Ecklie N/A Brigham Sinclair
Recurring Killers Paul Millander / Kevin Greer ("The Blue Paint Killer") / Stuart Gardner ("The Vigilante") / Natalie Davis ("The Miniature Killer") / Daniel Pritchard / Nate Haskell ("The Dick & Jane Killer") / Charlie DiMasa ("Dr. Jekyll") Stewart Otis / Walter Resden / Lucas Wade / Bob Starling / Jack Toller / Esteban Navarro Shane Casey / Clay Dobson / Suspect X / "The Cabbie Killer" / Hollis Eckhart ("The Compass Killer")
Recurring Gangs The Hit Squad Mala Noche Tanglewood Boys

Title songs[edit]

The title songs for all three series are remixes of songs performed by the rock band, The Who.

Song title Show
"Who Are You" CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
"Won't Get Fooled Again" CSI: Miami
"Baba O'Riley" CSI: NY

All three songs were performed at the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show. The game, like the CSI shows, aired on CBS.

Crossovers[edit]

Crossovers are possible between CSI series, as well as with other programs within the same creative stable. Between the series, the baton is passed to the new CSI series via a crossover/pilot where cases are overlapped and personnel are shared. Three actors have appeared in all three series: David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, and Gary Sinise.

Episode title Crossover between Original airdate Description
"Cross Jurisdictions" CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2.22)

CSI: Miami (acted as series pilot)
May 9, 2002 Catherine and Warrick team up with Horatio Caine to investigate the murder of Las Vegas' former chief and the kidnapping of his wife and daughter following a wild party.
"MIA/NYC NonStop" CSI: Miami (2.23)

CSI: NY (acted as series pilot)
May 17, 2004 Horatio travels to New York, believing it to be the residence of someone who committed a double homicide. He's assisted by Mac Taylor, who suspects that the crimes in Miami might be connected to the murder of an undercover New York cop.
"Felony Flight"

"Manhattan Manhunt"
CSI: Miami (Part 1–4.07)

CSI: NY (Part 2–2.07)
November 7, 2005

November 9, 2005
A convicted serial killer, Henry Darius, sabotages and escapes an airplane that was flying him from New York to Miami, where he supposedly buried a body. After fleeing the crash site, he goes on a killing spree and abducts a college student. Since Darius was originally arrested in New York, Mac Taylor arrives in Miami to help Horatio track the killer down. Darius murders a group of teens in a luxury apartment where he tries to rob a security vault.
"Cold Reveal" CSI: NY (3.22)

Cold Case
May 2, 2007 Detective Scotty Valens visits the CSI lab in New York to tell Stella that her DNA matches evidence in a Philadelphia cold case, making her a suspect.
"Who and What"

"Where and Why"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Part 1–8.06)

Without a Trace (Part 2–6.06)
November 8, 2007 Jack Malone joins forces with Grissom to track a serial killer since a boy who was kidnapped in New York six years ago matches the profile of a Las Vegas murder victim. The two of them establish the killer's pattern of behavior to track him down.
CSI: Trilogy:
"Bone Voyage"

"Hammer Down"

"The Lost Girls"

CSI: Miami (Part 1–8.07)

CSI: NY (Part 2–6.07)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Part 3–10.07)

November 9, 2009

November 11, 2009

November 12, 2009
Ray Langston arrives in Miami to investigate a severed leg found in the Everglades that belonged to a girl who disappeared in Las Vegas a week before. He discovers a human-trafficking ring that specializes in black-market organ harvesting that leads him to New York, where he assists Mac in attempting to free a hostage. Ray returns to Las Vegas to find a missing girl who's been taken by the human traffickers and may be part of a prostitution ring.
"In Vino Veritas"

"Seth and Apep"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Part 1–13.13)

CSI: NY (Part 2–9.15)
February 6, 2013

February 8, 2013
Mac Taylor visits Las Vegas to surprise his girlfriend, Christine, who's missing upon his arrival. It turns out she was kidnapped in New York before the trip and a look-alike took her place. D.B Russell insists on accompanying Mac back to New York to help find her.

TV Movies[edit]

In the UK, Channel 5 edited together several two-part episodes to make one whole feature. These include:

Title Series Episodes edited together
The CSI Pilot Movie CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Pilot" / "Cool Change"
The CSI Movie: Grave Danger CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Grave Danger (Part 1)" / "Grave Danger (Part 2)"
The CSI Movie: Bullet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 1)" / "A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 2)"
The CSI Movie: Dr Who & Mr Jekyll CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Doctor Who" / "Meat Jekyll"
The CSI Movie: Crisis CSI: Miami "No Man's Land" / "Man Down"
The CSI Movie: Fallen CSI: Miami "All Fall Down" / "Fallen"
The CSI Movie: Revenge CSI: NY "Nothing for Something" / "Life Sentence"

Unofficial crossovers[edit]

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Two and a Half Men exchanged writers. The first episode, "Fish in a Drawer," aired May 5, 2008 and featured a forensic investigation into a murder on Two and a Half Men. The CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode, "Two and a Half Deaths", aired May 8, 2008 and featured the murder of a sitcom star. Writers from each show worked on the episode of the other show.[10]

While technically not a crossover, considering the difference between books and television, episode 4 of season 11 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Sqweegel") uses the forensic-proof serial killer of the same name from the Level 26 series first novel ("Dark Origins") by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker.

Crime labs[edit]

  • The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Crime Lab is a modern Crime Lab, and shares a building with the LVPD Police Department. The Night Shift Crew is supervised by D.B. Russell and his second in command Julie Finlay. Gil Grissom, the previous Supervisor, left during season nine and Catherine Willows, his Assistant Supervisor and replacement as Head of LVPD Criminalistics, left during season 12 after a demotion and a short stint as Russell's #2. The Lab reports to the Sheriff's Office. The series covers Gil's/Catherine's (seasons 1–8), Catherine's/Stokes's (seasons 9–11), Russell's/Catherine's (season 12), and Russell's/ Finlay's (season 12–present) Night Shift Team. In early episodes of Season One, the Lab is frequently referred to as the number two crime lab in the United States, solving cases believed unsolvable.
  • The Miami-Dade Police Department's Crime Lab is the most modern of the three series, with slanted glass walls and multiple Labs. The Crime Lab is headed up by Senior MDPD Lieutenant/CSI Supervisor Horatio Caine, along with Detective/Assistant CSI Supervisor Calleigh Duquesne who took over from former Lieutenant/Assistant CSI Supervisor Megan Donner. The series covers Caine's/Donner's and Caine's/Duquesne's day shift of the Miami-Dade crime lab.
  • The New York City Police Department's CSI unit is the only team to have had two Labs. The first was an old building in which rustic brick contrasted against new, flat-paneled walls and top-of-the-range lab equipment. The second Lab is on the 35th floor of a high-rise building with glass walls and state-of-the-art equipment. The second Lab was blown up in the third season finale, "Snow Day", but has since been restored. The lab is run by CSI Supervisor Detective Mac Taylor, with Assistant CSI Supervisor Detective Jo Danville. Danville replaced Taylor's former Assistant Supervisor, Stella Bonasera, in 2010 after Bonasera took a job heading up New Orleans's Crime Lab. The series covers Taylor/Bonasera and Taylor/Danville's shift, which alternates between day and night.

Series overviews[edit]

Note: U.S. network television seasons generally start in late September and end in late May, which coincides with the completion of the May sweeps.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation[edit]

Season Episodes Time slot (EST) Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 23 Friday 9pm/8c (October 6, 2000 – January 12, 2001)
Thursday 9pm/8c (February 1, 2001 – May 17, 2001)
October 6, 2000 (2000-10-06) May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17) 2000–2001 #10 17.80[11]
2 23 Thursday 9pm/8c September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) 2001–2002 #2 23.69[12]
3 23 September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) May 15, 2003 2002–2003 #1 26.20[13]
4 23 September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25) May 20, 2004 2003–2004 #2 25.27[14]
5 25 September 23, 2004 (2004-09-23) May 19, 2005 2004–2005 #2 26.26[15]
6 24 September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) May 18, 2006 2005–2006 #3 24.86[16]
7 24 September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21) May 17, 2007 2006–2007 #4 20.34[17]
8 17 September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27) May 15, 2008 2007–2008 #9 16.62[18]
9 24 October 9, 2008 (2008-10-09) May 14, 2009 2008–2009 #4 18.52[19]
10 23 September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24) May 20, 2010 2009–2010 #12 14.92[20]
11 22 September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23) May 12, 2011 2010–2011 #12 13.52[21]
12 22 Wednesday 10pm/9c September 21, 2011 May 9, 2012 2011–2012 #21 12.49[22]
13 22 September 26, 2012 May 15, 2013 2012–2013 #25 11.63[23]

CSI: Miami[edit]

Season Episodes Time slot (EST) Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 24 Monday 10pm/9c September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 2002–2003 #14 16.50[13]
2 24 September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003–2004 #9 18.06[14]
3 24 September 20, 2004 May 23, 2005 2004–2005 #7 19.00[15]
4 25 September 19, 2005 May 22, 2006 2005–2006 #9 18.12[16]
5 24 September 18, 2006 May 14, 2007 2006–2007 #12 16.98[17]
6 21 September 24, 2007 May 19, 2008 2007–2008 #16 13.91[18]
7 25 September 22, 2008 May 18, 2009 2008–2009 #13 14.26[19]
8 24 September 21, 2009 May 24, 2010 2009–2010 #24 12.65[20]
9 22 Sunday 10pm/9c October 3, 2010 May 8, 2011 2010–2011 #27 11.75[21]
10 19 September 25, 2011 April 8, 2012 2011–2012 #36 10.84[22]

CSI: NY[edit]

Season Episodes Time slot (EST) Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 23 Wednesday 10pm/9c September 22, 2004 May 18, 2005 2004–2005 #21 13.59[15]
2 24 September 28, 2005 May 17, 2006 2005–2006 #22 14.04[16]
3 24 September 20, 2006 May 16, 2007 2006–2007 #25 13.92[17]
4 21 September 26, 2007 May 21, 2008 2007–2008 #28 11.71[18]
5 25 September 24, 2008 May 14, 2009 2008–2009 #17 13.50[19]
6 23 September 23, 2009 May 26, 2010 2009–2010 #23 12.66[20]
7 22 Friday 9pm/8c September 24, 2010 May 13, 2011 2010–2011 #37 10.73[21]
8 18 September 23, 2011 May 11, 2012 2011–2012 #38 10.34[22]
9 17 Friday 8pm/7c (September 28, 2012 – October 5, 2012)
Friday 9pm/8c (October 12 – February 22, 2013)
September 28, 2012 February 22, 2013 2012–2013 #26 11.27[23]

Spin-offs[edit]

Comics[edit]

There have been a number of comic books based on all three series, published by IDW Publishing. Writers include Jeff Mariotte and Max Allan Collins.

Games[edit]

The CSI franchise has spawned 11 computer games across the three shows.

Gameloft has also published a series of mobile games based on the CSI series, including CSI: The Mobile Game (Vegas) and CSI: Miami.

In addition, several board games and puzzles based on all three series have seen release, all published by Canadian game manufacturer Specialty Board Games, Inc. In 2011, the CSI Board Game was released by another Canadian company, GDC–GameDevCo Ltd. It is the first game to include all three CSI shows.[24]

A pinball game machine called CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was released in 2008.[25]

Exhibition[edit]

Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry opened an exhibit in CSI's honor on May 25, 2007 called: "CSI: The Experience".[26] Starting in October 2011 it will be at Discovery Times Square in New York City.[27] There is also a game on the website where you are trained in forensic biology, weapons and tool mark analyses, toxicology and the autopsy.

Magazine[edit]

Titan Magazines published 11 issues of CSI Magazine starting in November 2007. They contained a mixture of features and interviews looking into the world of the three CSIs and the people who help create it.[28] It was available in the UK and US.[29]

Novels[edit]

Various novelizations have appeared based on the series. Authors include Max Allan Collins (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Donn Cortez (CSI: Miami), Stuart M. Kaminsky (CSI: NY), and Keith R.A. DeCandido (CSI: NY).

Toys[edit]

A range of toys have been developed. These include:

  • "CSI: Forensics Lab"
  • "CSI: DNA Laboratory"
  • "CSI: Forensic Facial"

However, they have been the source of some controversy. The Parents Television Council, who have complained about CSI in general, and in 2004 released a statement specifically aimed at the toys.[30] The PTC e-mailed letters to their supporters, telling them the content of the games were entirely inappropriate for children to be exposed to "because the CSI franchise often displays graphic images, including close-ups of corpses with gunshot wounds and other bloody injuries." The letter went on to say "The PTC doesn't think the recreation of blood, guts and gore should be under a child's Christmas tree this year," PTC concluded. "This so-called 'toy' is a blatant attempt to market CSI and its adult-oriented content directly to children."

In urging members to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, PTC said CBS parent company Viacom needed to hear from parents who are concerned about the "graphic scenes of blood, violence, and sex" in their product. They also asked their supporters to contact Target and Toys "R" Us.

Documentaries[edit]

Because of the popularity of the CSI franchise in the United Kingdom, Channel 5 created two documentaries about CSI. The first one called The Real CSI follows real crime scene investigators as they work on crime scene. The second documentary, True CSI, features true tales of how forensic science has helped solve some of the world's best known crimes. True CSI had actors re-enacting the crime as well as interviews with people involved in the solving of the crimes themselves. Cases featured included the Sam Sheppard case.

In early 2007, British channel itv1 broadcast a special of its flagship documentary Tonight With Trevor McDonald discussing the ramifications of the "CSI effect", highlighting the effect not only of the franchise but of several other British and American TV police procedurals.

The popularity of the series has also spawned forensic based reality television/documentary programs, including A&E's The First 48 and truTV's North Mission Road.

In April 2012, PBS's Frontline aired a documentary called "The Real CSI" investigating the limitations of the CSI techniques in forensic science.[31]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Collins, Scott (March 13, 2014). "CBS renews CSI, Good Wife, Two and a Half Men, 15 other shows". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 13, 2012). "It's Official: CSI: Miami Canceled; CSI: NY Renewed by CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2013). "CBS Cancels CSI: NY After Nine Seasons". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (March 5, 2014). "Patricia Arquette to star in CSI spinoff". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Rice, Lynette (February 18, 2014). "CBS developing another CSI spinoff". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (December 19, 2006). "CSI: The cop show that conquered the world". The Independent. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
  7. ^ Hackett, Paul (March 28, 2007). "Want a career in forensics? Here's some hard evidence". The Guardian. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
  8. ^ How I Met Your Mother -- CSI: Style. YouTube. 2007-08-20. 
  9. ^ Rowlands, Ted (February 15, 2006). "'CSI effect' cuts both ways: Experts say crime shows help law enforcement and criminals". CNN. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  10. ^ Castellanos, Melissa (May 5, 2008). "Two & A Half Men & CSI Make TV History: Show Writers Teamed up, Swapped Scripts To Create Crossover Episodes". CBS News. Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  11. ^ Armstrong, Mark (May 25, 2001). "CBS Wins Season". E! Online. Retrieved January 24, 2010. Archived from the original on December 10, 2004.[dead link]
  12. ^ "How did your favorite show rate?". (May 28, 2002). USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Kiesewetter, John (May 25, 2003). "Television networks face reality check". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  14. ^ a b "ABC Television Network 2003–2004 Primetime Ranking Report". (June 2, 2004). ABC Medianet. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  15. ^ a b c "ABC Television Network 2004–2005 Primetime Ranking Report". (June 1, 2005). ABC Medianet. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  16. ^ a b c "ABC Television Network 2005–2006 Primetime Ranking Report". (May 31, 2006). ABC Medianet. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  17. ^ a b c "ABC Television Network 2006–2007 Primetime Ranking Report". (May 30, 2007). ABC Medianet. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  18. ^ a b c "ABC Television Network 2007–2008 Primetime Ranking Report". (May 28, 2008). ABC Medianet. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  19. ^ a b c "ABC Television Network 2008–2009 Primetime Ranking Report". (June 2, 2009). ABC Medianet. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  20. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (June 16, 2010). "Final 2009–10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  21. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (June 1, 2011). "2010–11 Season Broadcast Primetime Show Viewership Averages". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  22. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (May 25, 2012). "Complete List Of 2011–12 Season TV Show Viewership: Sunday Night Football Tops, Followed By American Idol, NCIS & Dancing With The Stars". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  23. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (May 29, 2013). "Complete List Of 2012-13 Season TV Show Viewership: Sunday Night Football Tops, Followed By NCIS, The Big Bang Theory & NCIS: Los Angeles". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  24. ^ "CSI Board Game". GDC–GameDevCo. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  25. ^ "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". Stern Pinball. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  26. ^ Moore, Laura (May 24, 2007). "CSI Stars Spend a Night at the Museum". TV Guide. Retrieved May 24, 2007.
  27. ^ "Tickets on Sale Now for CSI: The Experience at New York's Discovery Times Square". (September 15, 2011). PR Newswire. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  28. ^ Trongo, Rachel (October 30, 2007). "The Official CSI Magazine Hits Newsstands". CSI Files. Retrieved November 4, 2007.
  29. ^ "The Official CSI Magazine". CBS Store.com. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  30. ^ Moore, Jimmy (November 17, 2004). "Pro-Family Group Outraged Over CSI 'Toy'". Men's News Daily. Retrieved October 14, 2006.
  31. ^ "The Real CSI". (April 17, 2012). Frontline. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
Further reading

As well as fictional books based on the franchise there have also been a number of guides published: