Helgenberg has anchored the original CSI on CBS for 11 years now. In that time much of the rest of the cast has rotated. She's now acting opposite her third male lead: Ted Danson. The former Cheers actor took over from Laurence Fishburne, who had starred in the show for two and a half seasons. Hargitay has also become a television mainstay. She's a big part of the reason Law & Order: SVU (now in its 13th season) has become the most successful part of the Dick Wolf franchise. Between new and syndicated episodes SVU pulls in an average 53 million viewers per week.
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