By Joseph Brannigan Lynch Monday, June 14, 2010, 11:48 AM
Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Langston.
Last year, FOX's "House" claimed the title of most-watched TV program in the world, but this weekend a different TV drama reclaimed its status as the most popular show among international audiences.
CBS' long-running "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" toppled "House" with more than 73.8 million viewers worldwide, according to the esteemed Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
This isn't the first time the ten-year-old forensics crime drama has been declared the world's most popular show by the fest - in fact, the "CSI" franchise has dominated almost every year of the International TV Audience Award's five-year history. "CSI: Miami" was the first show to be honored as the most-watched drama internationally in 2006, and its forerunner "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" took the award in 2007 and 2008. But the original "CSI" was bested in 2009 by "House," the same year it suffered a significant drop in ratings when the show's central character Gil Grissom (William Petersen) left in its ninth season.
[Photos: Stars of the world's most popular show]
The world's most-watched comedy has faced similar troubles retaining American viewers in recent years. The Monte-Carlo fest named ABC's "Desperate Housewives" the most popular comedy worldwide, even though American viewers have been gradually tuning out for some time. This international adoration for the "Desperate Housewives" might give some consolation to the women of Wisteria Lane, especially after the show hit its all-time ratings low last month in key demographics.
As for "CSI's" future, box office domination could be the next step. Departed lead character William Petersen told fans that Gil Grissom will be leaving his fingerprints on the silver screen in an upcoming "CSI" movie. While production hasn't started yet, Petersen told TV Guide the jump to the big screen will happen while the show is still on-air: "We can't wait for ‘CSI' to end or Grissom will be about 90."
hehehe~ interesting isn't?
well, 'csi' is my one of my favourite TV shows, and not to forget 'house' too.. but, i can't follow it since i'm now studying at the boarding school, which means that no TV at all, and NO ASTRO of course!
and as for me, i really think that 'CSI: Crime Scence Investigation' and 'CSI:NY' are much better than 'CSI:Miami'.. i know that, there are many people out there disagree with me, but hey.. that's my opinion okay?
hahaha~ don't be mad at me..
with all due and respect, (ahhh..i love this quote, and i haven't used it in my blog after quite sometime..)