'CSI' Sees Ratings Slip, Still Remains #1 Scripted Show

By Carolina
May 26, 2006 - 9:58 PM

According to the final ratings report for the 2005-2006 season, CSI saw a decrease in the ratings this year.

CSI ended the year in third place, right behind Tuesday and Wednesday's editions of American Idol, and averaged a totally of 25.2 million viewers. This marks Tuesday's American Idol's first ratings victory over CSI, but the latter still remains the most watched scripted show.

On a similar note, CSI: Miami, which averaged a total of 18.1 million viewers, managed to slip down a couple of spots as well, ending the season in 9th place. However, both shows still managed to retain a spot in the top ten most watched shows of the season.

But it was a good year for a couple of sophomore shows. Grey's Anatomy and House saw a monster increase in viewers this season (House is up a whopping 34 percent), ending the year in 5th and 10th place respectively. Grey's Anatomy will next year air opposite CSI in what some consider a bold move by ABC. Other sophomore shows weren't as lucky, however. Desperate Housewives also saw a decrease in numbers, and ABC's Lost is out of the list completely.

Despite the CSI ratings slip, however, CBS was still crowned most watched network for the 2005-2006 season. The network finished the race with four shows in the top ten most watched list (CSI, Miami, Without A Trace and Survivor), and averaged 12.3 million viewers. CBS's The Unit was TV's most-watched new drama, and the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine the most watched new show.

To learn more about the 2005-2006 ratings, head over to E! Online.

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