LOS ANGELES - Popular police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation became the second long-running television series in a week to get the axe, following American Idol's cancellation on Monday.
CSI, which ends its 15-year run with a two-hour finale on Sept 27, was once the most-watched show in the world on TV network CBS and enjoyed several spin-offs. At its peak, it attracted 26 million viewers in the United States and 63 million worldwide.
But with a tired formula that critics say have grown boring, the ailing show's viewership averaged 11.2 million on its latest season.
While some fans claimed that it was inevitable following the series' decline in quality, many were nostalgic and mourned its demise.
Adelene Lim posted on The Straits Times' Facebook page: "Sad to see it go. But saw this end coming."
"After the original cast members departed one by one, it signalled the downfall of the series. It was difficult to relate to the newer ones - lack of on screen camaraderie," said Evan Chong.
Here's how fans online have been reacting to the news:
— Jamie Scoins (@JamieScoins) May 13, 2015
CSI was finally cancelled after 15 years, the real crime was that it was on TV for so long
— Tim Chisamore (@TimpressiveC) May 14, 2015
Crying Im known as that much of a CSI lover that people are actually sending me messages to see if I'm ok because the shows been cancelled
— ClaireStana (@clairestana84) May 14, 2015
CSI has been cancelled? Oh damn, I was 10 when that show started.
— Susanah Grace (@SusanahGrace) May 14, 2015
cannot believe #CSI has been cancelled. what am I going to do with my life?
— angry bear. (@mukandiful) May 14, 2015
Noooooooooo!!! It's the news I have been dreading! CSI has been cancelled what will I do with my life now?! http://t.co/zvuWLUctrQ.Ever!
— Amy Lloyd (@AmyLloyd09) May 14, 2015