‘CSI: Cyber’ Canceled at CBS

CBS has canceled drama “CSI: Cyber,” Variety has learned. The series will not return for a third season in 2016-17.

Produced by CBS Television Studios, “CSI: Cyber” was not among 11 returning series renewed by CBS in March. Last week the broadcaster renewed another long-running procedural drama, “Criminal Minds.”

“Cyber” was the last remaining extension of the “CSI” franchise. “CSI: Miami” ended in 2012 after 10 season and “CSI: NY” ended in 2013 after nine.  The original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” aired for 15 seasons, bowing in October 2000 and concluding as a series in February 2015 before airing a two-hour farewell movie in September.

The “CSI” franchise helped carry CBS to a nearly decade-and-a-half run of ratings supremacy, witht he network leading all of broadcast in total viewers for 13 of the last 14 seasons. But “CSI: Cyber” never reached the heights of its predecessors. Airing mostly on Sundays this season, “CSI: Cyber” averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates.

“CSI: Cyber” was already set to lose star Ted Danson, who will star next season in NBC freshman comedy “The Good Place” with Kristen Bell, if it had been picked up for another season. The CBS series also starred Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette.

The cancellation of “CSI: Cyber” leaves comedy “The Odd Couple” as CBS’ only returning scripted series still awaiting word on next season. The fates of freshman dramas “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Limitless,” “Rush Hour” and “Supergirl” are also pending.

 

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