Ratings Round-Up: Waves Of Success For CSI

By Chris Wales
November 14, 2004 - 2:24 AM

See Also: 'Crime Wave' Episode Guide

Another week, and another wave of brand-new CSI episodes flowed in to whet the appetites of their respective audiences, with top-scores all round and two medals for first place.

The week broke, as is the custom, on the beaches of CSI: Miami, with 90-minute special "Crime Wave" riding high with a rating of 15.3/22. This means that of all the households in America, 15.3% were watching "Crime Wave" on the night, rising to 22% when factoring only in those households actually watching TV at 10:00pm. The show took 21.91 million viewers for the hour.

The show's last new episode, "Hell Night" aired two weeks ago to a much higher rating of 16.1/25, but only pulled in 21.22 million viewers. The top and bottom of this is that the total audience for the night has risen since this point two weeks ago, meaning that Miami's share of the audience and hence rating is smaller, but overall the show has gained viewers and still came top of the evening by a decisive margin.

Riding the wave over to the Big Apple, CSI: New York continued its stand-off with veteran NBC series Law & Order. It seems the long arm of the Law won this week, with a rating of 12.1/19 and 15.16 million viewers. CSI:NY's "Outside Man" comparatively only brought in a 10.5/16 and 15.09 million viewers. That said though, the positions were reversed in the much-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic, in which CSI: New York came first and Law & Order second.

It goes without saying... but we'll say it anyway... that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation swept the board on Thursday, giving host network CBS a clear victory for the night as has come to be expected. "Formalities" gained a more than respectable rating of 10.7/25, with average viewers of 29.52 million. This number does vary through the hour, with the high spot being 30.3 million viewers.

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