Why does Moonves think Star Trek has to make more money than
"The Big Bang Theory" & "CSI: [Insert Some City Here]" for him to consider it?
Isn't "as much money as ...." or "a lot of money" valid enough reasons?
Because a Star Trek series would cost a lot more money to produce than either of those two shows. Think about props, costumes, guest actors, makeup, prosthetics, CGI/model work, alien planets-of-the-week, etc., all that no other normal show would have. If they spend all that money every week for a show that gets ratings nowhere near a CSI, then it would be cost-prohibitive to produce.