AOL poll: Grissom's exit could affect ratings

Cary Ashby
Mar 29, 2010


People taking a recent AOL Television poll are saying William Petersen's midseason exit will greatly affect their viewing habits.

More than a third of the respondents (37 percent, to be exact) said they won't watch "CSI" after Petersen's Grissom leaves the investigation team. About 41 percent of the AOL pollsters said they "maybe" watching the police procedural afterwards, depending on "how good" the new character played by Laurence Fishburne is.

Now we all know you can make statistics prove what you want and statistics don't lie, but these numbers would put a HUGE hit on "CSI," which is CBS' most-watched drama series, if they remain accurate.

Personally, I'm planning on staying on-board.

IMO, Fishburne has the charisma and intensity needed to bring a freshness to the show, which should take a little of the sting away from Grissom's good-bye.

While I think Grissom has been the rudder that has steered the show (complimented by the best supporting cast in in the last five years of TV history), I wouldn't dream of not watching my favorite show because Petersen won't be there.

The addition — and development — of other characters has made the show just that much better. Keep in mind the series with ensemble casts that have have managed to not only survive, but also thrive, when there were major cast changes: "M*A*S*H*," "Law & Order," "Cheers," etc. and even "ER," at least until Eriq La Salle (Dr. Benton) left in 2002. What are you planning to do?

How much of an impact do you think Petersen's/Grissom's exit will have on the "CSI" ratings? Its storylines?

For the record, I'll be "in communicado" over later this week through Thanksgiving week, so don't expect to see reviews of the next two episodes. But you never know, I might be able to log on.

Please use the comment section to give your thoughts on what's been happening. After all, this is a blog — which means "Cary's Crime Craze" is a prime place to vent, agree to disagree, discuss and even argue.



Generally when I am a fan of a show, it is for the show, not just the actors. I will miss Grissom for sure but the show must go on and I think Fishbourne will fit in just fine. There needs to be a bit of freshening up anyhow. They might all come together perfectly.

I don't know if you are a fan of Criminal Minds, but when Mandy Patinkin left as the main actor, I was concerned for the show because he was such a leader. But David Rossi has filled in nicely and meshes well with the team. I believe he may be even better at it and the character has more of an interesting past that they work with.

Anyhow, CSI will be a favorite of mine no matter what. (I think...haha)


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