'CSI: Cyber' Coming to TF1 in France

CSI: Cyber

The top-rated network has been home to the franchise for over a decade

New CBS drama CSI: Cyber has found a broadcast home in France on the nation’s top rated channel, TF1.

“The CSI franchise is a French audience favorite on TF1 with huge ratings,” said TF1 head of programming Fabrice Bailly.

The new Patricia Arquette-starrer focuses on online crime with international reach, with Arquette as the head of the FBI’s cyber crime division in Quantico.  The series also stars James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Charley Koontz and rapper-turned-actor Shad Moss aka Bow Wow.

Financial terms of the French deal for first-window, free-to-air broadcast rights weren't disclosed. TF1 didn't immediately detail when it would start airing the show.

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TF1 is home to the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, aired as Les Experts in France, as well as CSI: Miami and CSI: New York before they were canceled in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The franchise has  been a mainstay for the TF1. CSI’s 13th season again was a ratings juggernaut for the network, with an average of 5.8 million viewers and 23.4 share when the network aired back-to-back episodes for the season start in March.

“TF1 has been a valuable partner to us over the years, making a significant contribution to the global success of the CSI franchise,” said CBS Global Distribution president Armando Nunez. “So it’s only natural that TF1’s schedule is the perfect home for CSI: Cyber, giving its audiences more of the drama and excitement they expect from this hit franchise.”

Indeed, TF1’s the home to many American crime dramas, with The Mentalist and Criminal Minds also being consistent hits for the channel.

CSI: Cyber is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and distributed globally by CBS Studios International. It is executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Anthony Zuiker, Pam Veasey, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman