December 13, 2008
Fishburne on ‘CSI’ starts off strong
The CBS crime drama
CSI earned its highest ratings since its season debut this week with the debut of U.S. actor Laurence Fishburne, figures show.
The Hollywood Reporter said Friday the
Matrix actor's first appearance on the Thursday drama helped
CSI draw 20.6 million viewers and a 5.7 preliminary rating in the 18-49 adult demographic.
Fishburne has been tabbed to replace
CSI mainstay William Peterson as the show's lead. Thursday's episode is part of a set of episodes aimed at integrating the veteran movie actor into the successful series while allowing Peterson to slowly exit the show.
The Reporter said the success of the episode helped CBS win every time slot on the night, beating out reruns of ABC's
Grey's Anatomy and
Survivor, nabbed 13.2 million viewers and a 4.1 preliminary rating in the key 18-49 age group, while
Eleventh Hour helped CBS take the 10 p.m. slot with 13.4 million viewers and a 3.8 rating.
The ratings for
Hour marked the freshman's series' best performance to date, the Reporter said.