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CSI: New York

CSI NY Title

Format Crime Drama
Picture Format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Running Time 40–45 minutes
Created by Anthony E. Zuiker
Carol Mendelsohn
Ann Donahue
Opening Theme Baba O'Riley by The Who
Country of origin USA
Original channel CBS
Original run May 17, 2004 (on CSI: Miami)
Finale February 22, 2013
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 197
List of episodes List of CSI: NY episodes
Website CSI:NY
IMDB profile CSI:NY summary CSI:NY

CSI: New York (aka. Crime Scene Investigation: New York) (commonly referred to as CSI: NY) is the second spin off of the CBS television series CSI and follows the investigations of a team of New York City forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and crimes.

The show debuted in September 2004 after a crossover with CSI: Miami in MIA/NYC NonStop. CSI: NY is produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis. On May 10, 2013, the series was cancelled by CBS after nine seasons.

Opening ThemeEdit


This show follows the Crimelab of the New York City Police department. Unlike in CSI these characters are considered detectives, and Mac Taylor, Stella Bonasera, and Danny Messer, all mention the time they spent as cops of on the force. The detectives travel to all five boroughs of the city and also sometimes travel outside city limits for cases.

The show is a police procedural and often deals with issues found in such a large city such as mob activity, gang violence, and ethnic, cultural, and ability differences. It has also dealt with the sensitive issue of HIV infection, although reviews of how the topic was handled were mixed.

Cast of CharactersEdit

Actor Character First episode Last episode

Number of series
appearances (& franchise)

Gary Sinise McKenna "Mac"
Llewellyn Taylor Jr.
(CSI: Miami)
Today is Life 197
Melina Kanakaredes Stella Bonasera MIA/NYC NonStop
(CSI: Miami)
Vacation Getaway 140
Sela Ward Josephine "Jo" Danville The 34th Floor Today is Life 57
Carmine Giovinazzo Daniel "Danny" Messer MIA/NYC NonStop
(CSI: Miami)
Today is Life 197
Vanessa Ferlito Aiden Burn MIA/NYC NonStop
(CSI: Miami)
Heroes 28
Anna Belknap Lindsay Monroe-Messer Zoo York Today is Life 172
Hill Harper Dr. Sheldon Hawkes MIA/NYC NonStop
(CSI: Miami)
Today is Life



Robert Joy Dr. Sid Hammerback Dancing with the Fishes Today is Life 168
AJ Buckley Adam Ross Bad Beat Today is Life 141
Eddie Cahill Donald "Don" Flack, Jr. Blink Today is Life 197

  • Gary Sinise as Mac Taylor; a Detective First Grade and the Director of the New York Crime Lab. He's also the teams supervisor. 
  • Sela Ward as Jo Danville; a Detective First Grade, a sworn federal marshall and the team's assistant supervisor. She acted as Director of the New York Crime Lab for a short period during the eighth season of the series. 
  • Melina Kanakaredes as Stella Bonasera; a Detective First Grade and the team's assistant supervisor. 
  • Carmine Giovinazzo as Danny Messer; a Detective Third Grade and a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Level 3. He was a patrol sergeant for a short time during the series eighth season. 
  • Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn; a Detective Third Grade and a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Level 2. 
  • Anna Belknap as Lindsay Messer; a Detective Third Grade and a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Level 3. 
  • A.J. Buckley as Adam Ross; a Lab Technician and a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Level 1.
  • Robert Joy as Sid Hammerback; the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City.
  • Hill Harper as Sheldon Hawkes; a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Level 3, formerly the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. 
  • Eddie Cahill as Donald Flack; a Detective First Grade assigned to the NYPD's Homicide Division. 



When it originally aired, CSI: NY seemed to be the least popular of all of the CSI shows, and many people thought it was too dark, possibly due to the fact that it was shot using a blue light. At the beginning of the second season, however, this stopped at the order of CBS President Les Mooneves. [citation needed]


Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of CSI: NY on CBS:[1][2][3]

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May Sweeps.

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 Rating/Share
1 Wednesday 10:00 P.M. September 22, 2004 May 18, 2005 2004-2005 #21 13.6 4.9/13 (#23)
2 Wednesday 10:00 P.M. September 28, 2005 May 17, 2006 2005-2006 #22 14.2 4.7/12 (#23)
3 Wednesday 10:00 P.M. September 20, 2006 May 16, 2007 2006-2007 #23 13.9 4.3/11 (#25)
4 Wednesday 10:00 P.M. September 26, 2007 May 21, 2008 2007-2008 #28 11.7

Wednesdays 10:00 P.M.

September 25, 2008 May 14, 2009 2008-2009 #17 13.5
6 Wednesdays 10:00 P.M. September 23, 2009 May 26, 2010 2009-2010 #23 12.7


9:00 P.M.

September 24, 2010 May 13, 2011 2010-2011 #37 10.7


9:00 P.M.

September 23, 2011 May 11, 2012 2011-2012 #38 10.3


9:00 P.M.

September 28, 2012 February 22, 2013 2012-2013 #26 11.3


  • CSI: NY ended its run as the second shortest CSI series to date (after the currently-airing Cyber)
  • This series had the second least amount of main cast members to leave, with two. Cyber has only lost one cast member, though its still producing new episodes.
  • This is the only defunct CSI series not to reach ten seasons.
  • This is the only defunct CSI series not to reach two-hundred episodes, airing only 197.
  • This is one of two CSI series to crossover with a non-CSI branded show.
  • This is the only CSI series to separate the status of its cast using an 'above title' technique, crediting Melina Kanakaredes, Gary Sinise and Sela Ward before the intertitle, and the supporting leads afterwards.
  • This was the second CSI series to be cancelled.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Reporter|date=May 27 2007|title=Hollywood Reporter: 2004-05 primetime wrap
  2. Reporter|date=May 26 2007|title=Hollywood Reporter: 2005-06 primetime wrap
  3. Reporter|date=May 25 2007|title=Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap

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