On CBS's 'CSI,' an old star's return
Or so it's reported that William Petersen will return
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - February 3rd, 2011
Nothing says sweeps like a big guest star, and the reported return of former series star William Petersen is about the best "CSI" could do for tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS.
Since Petersen's departure two years ago, "CSI" has seen its ratings decline drastically. Peterson's absence has played some role, but a lot of other factors have as well, led by increased competition from "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Office." And the procedural has suffered as well from aging, which is no real surprise considering it's 10 years old.
CBS has been coy about Petersen's return, refusing to confirm whether he'll be back in tonight's episode, which focuses on the mother of the character he played for so many years, Gil Grissom.
But word has leaked onto the internet that Petersen is indeed set to appear, and his appearance would fit naturally into the storyline, in which Grissom's wife, Sara (Jorja Fox), finds out about a relationship in her husband's past.
"CSI" is averaging a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating this season, down from a 3.4 last year and on pace for its lowest-rated season yet.
Petersen's appear could give the show a needed boost.
Even with Petersen, though, "CSI" would face a hard slog.
Every network has originals on this first night of February sweeps, and Fox's competing "Bones" and "The Office" both hit season highs or near-highs in recent weeks.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...r-s-return.asp