CSI: Crime Scene Investigation once again became the most-watched show in the world, receiving the prestigious International Television Audience Award for a Drama TV Series at the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 14, 2012.
This marks the fifth time the series has been awarded this honor in the past seven years based on stats from Eurodata TV Worldwide for the highest ratings worldwide in 2011 across five continents. CSI star Ted Danson was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the series.
The International Audience Awards are presented jointly by the Monte Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide to reward programs that delivered the highest ratings worldwide in 2011 across five continents in three categories: Drama TV Series, Comedy TV Series and Telenovelas/Soap Operas. The nominees were pre-selected among the 15 best imported fiction programs in 65 countries, i.e., nearly three billion potential viewers.
CSI gathered more than 63 million viewers worldwide, surpassing the nominated shows in all three categories and making it the most-watched show in the world. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was joined by its spinoff series CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NY as the only nominees in the Drama TV series category, marking the first time ever in the Award’s history that all three series competed in the same category.
Note: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, also referred to as CSI and CSI: Las Vegas, is an American procedural forensics crime drama television series which ran on CBS from October 6, 2000, to September 27, 2015, spanning 15 seasons. The series, starring William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson, Laurence Fishburne, Elisabeth Shue, and Jorja Fox, is the first in the CSI franchise. The series concluded with a feature-length finale titled “Immortality”.