Two of CBS' biggest crime dramas are heading to Hulu. The video platform scored the exclusive rights to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Elementary.
As more people view shows on digital screens, top players like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon end up battling for premium linear content. Scoring CSI, which was TV's top drama for seven seasons, expands Hulu's offerings to more than 5,300 episodes. While the procedural isn't the powerhouse it used to be—only drawing 7.1 million viewers during its two-hour series finale on Sunday—it did spawn three spin-offs, multiple books and video games, and a forensic science exhibit.
"CSI is one of the biggest brands in the world and is exactly the kind of premium content that marketers love buying from us," Hulu svp of sales Peter Naylor wrote in an email.
CSI will be available in early April for Hulu Plus subscribers, and plans for Elementary will be announced soon. Spinoffs CSI: Miami, CSI: New York and the upcoming CSI: Cyber are not included in the deal.