TV body bag tally
Sweeps can be a cutthroat time for the TV biz, but on CBS it’s downright deadly. How many people bit it on the crime-show-packed network between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28? We did our best to keep track.
THE UNIT The military genre is at the top of the heap when it comes to corpses.
CRIMINAL MINDS Super Bowl guest villain James Van Der Beek — shot by Patinkin’s crew — is among the casualties.
COLD CASE …and cold cadavers!
CSI RIP Liev Schreiber’s Keppler. We’ll miss your crankiness and crisp suits.
CSI: NY A lady gets sawed in half, and not in that fun magic-trick way.
CSI: MIAMI Corpses are found in a cement truck and in the Florida Everglades, among other places tourists avoid.
NCIS A sailor and a cop get killed. Luckily, the cowboy, Native American, and construction guy survive to make beautiful music.
NUMB3RS A surprisingly low death tally for a show that prides itself on digits.
GHOST WHISPERER Jennifer Love Hewitt and her breasts are still chattin’ up the dead and lookin’ awfully scared.
CLOSE TO HOME Desperate Househusband: Did a man off his wife with an iron?
SHARK Only three victims and, surprisingly, none due to malicious fish.
WITHOUT A TRACE Two murders? What is this, a sitcom?
TOTAL HOMICIDES ON CBS DURING SWEEPS: 191
TOTAL ACTUAL HOMICIDES IN L.A. AND NYC SO FAR THIS YEAR: 112
(Additional reporting by Vanessa Juarez, Lynette Rice, and Alynda Wheat)