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CRIME TV PAYS



Published: Thu, July 28, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



CRIME TV PAYS

The successful fall 2000 premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" launched an unprecedented era of police procedurals, now numbering in the dozens. Viewers have made the crime-solving shows the most popular drama genre on broadcast television, evidenced by a tripling of procedurals in the Top 40. Here's a comparison of the 1999-2000 season, one year before "CSI," with the just-completed 2004-05 season, ranked by viewership.

1999-2000

15. "Law & amp; Order" (NBC)

18. "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

24. "JAG" (CBS)

37. "Law & amp; Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

2004-05

1. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS)

7. "CSI: Miami" (CBS)

7. "Without a Trace" (CBS)

16. "Cold Case" (CBS)

19. "Medium" (NBC)

21. "CSI: NY" (CBS)

21. "NCIS" (CBS)

23. "Law & amp; Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

24. "Law & amp; Order" (NBC)

30. "Law & amp; Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC)

33. "Crossing Jordan" (NBC)

37. "Numb3rs" (CBS)

39. "Law & amp; Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC)

Source: Nielsen Media Research




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