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‘CSI: Vegas’ Off to Rough Start as Ratings Dip Again After Series Debut

by Lauren Boisvert
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Bad news for CSI: Vegas as the ratings dip after the series premiere a few weeks ago. For its third episode, titled “Under the Skin,” CSI: Vegas clocked in at 3.4 million viewers with a 0.3 rating. It’s down 12% in viewership from last Wednesday, which saw 3.9 million viewers, a 5% drop from its premiere week at 4.1 million.

CSI: Vegas hasn’t quite been able to stand up to its predecessor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was a ratings monster in its time. CSI ate other shows for breakfast. Vegas is hoping to reach that status, but for right now, three episodes in, it’s mostly focused on telling its stories and establishing new and returning characters.

In the latest episode of CSI: Vegas, the team gets into the world of video games. A male game developer stabbed his female colleague to death with replicas of swords from the video game. As for the David Hodges case, Internal Affairs is now involved.

Gil and Sara keep investigating the dead dog they found near Hodges’ home; Grissom, in turn, reveals to Sara that he’s having balance and inner ear issues. At the end of the episode, Internal Affairs tells Maxine that they’re taking Hodges’ case, and CSI can no longer work on it. How is CSI: Vegas going to get around that one? We’ll have to wait and see on next Wednesday’s episode.

‘CSI: Vegas’: New Team, New Tech

Times have changed for the CSI crew, and that means new technology and new team members. Sara Sidle and Gil Grissom are back in the fold amongst the newbies. They impart their wisdom as former CSIs, and learn new things about the tech every episode.

William Petersen, who plays Gil Grissom, explained that getting back into his old character was easy. “It’s like riding a bicycle, you know? [I’m] back to doing what I know how to do,” he said.

Petersen also spoke about the new technology and how they navigate solving crimes in modern times. “It’s exciting,” he said. “The technology has advanced and it’s a different time. There’s different ways of solving crimes. The truth emerges and we just try to get to it as fast as possible.”

How is Paula Newsome Similar to Maxine Roby?

Paula Newsome spoke to Parade recently about her new role on the CSI spin-off; she plays crime lab boss Maxine Roby, and Newsome explained how she and Roby are similar.

“We have a very similar energetic pattern,” she said. “Maxine is a warm, goodhearted, don’t-mess-with-her [woman]. We have that a lot. I am a little more sensitive than Maxine. Maxine and I are both fun, easygoing people. Also, Maxine and I are also good at having difficult conversations.”