Ten fun facts about CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Fact 1
The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Fact 2
CSI's worldwide audience was estimated to be over 73.8 million viewers in 2009.

Fact 3
In 2012, CSI was named the most watched show in the world for the fifth time.

Fact 4
CSI has been nominated multiple times for industry awards and has won nine awards during its history.

Fact 5
CSI has been recognized as the most popular dramatic series internationally by the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, which has awarded it the “International Television Audience Award (Best Television Drama Series)” three times.

Fact 6
It is filmed primarily at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.

Fact 7
The success of the show encouraged CBS to produce a franchise, starting in May 2002 with the spin-off CSI: Miami and then again in 2004 with CSI: NY.

Fact 8
As of the fall of 2008, CSI commanded an average cost of $262,600 for a 30-second commercial, according to an Advertising Age survey of media-buying firms.

Fact 9
The program has spawned several media projects including an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, a series of books, several video games, and two additional TV shows.

Fact 10
The series has been heavily criticized—almost since its debut—by police and district attorneys, who feel CSI portrays an inaccurate image of how police solve crimes, and by the Parents Television Council, who note the level and gratuitousness of graphic violence, images and sexual content seen on the show. Nevertheless, CSI became the most watched show on American television by 2002.

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Short about CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
is an American crime drama television series, that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000.

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