CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler explained the decision to cancel CSI: Miami at the CBS upfronts on Wednesday morning. The network had to choose between Miami and fellow spinoff CSI: New York, and Tassler said budgets and ratings were not the deciding factor. “They were very close, looking at them forensically, they were very close,” she revealed.
“It was a very tough choice,” Tassler said. It ultimately came down to which series was a better fit for the new CBS schedule; CSI: NY’s New York setting helped make the decision, allowing the network to have three hours of Big Apple-based programming on Friday nights. “We liked the idea of moving The Mentalist to Sundays,” Tassler explained, and it “made more sense to keep CSI: NY in its original timeslot.” As CSI Files previously reported, New York has been moved to 8:00pm ET/PT on Fridays, and the new series Made in Jersey will take over the 9:00pm ET/PT timeslot leading into Blue Bloods at 10:00pm ET/PT.