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Cold Case: CBS TV Show’s Cancelled, No Season Eight

Cold CaseAfter seven years on the beat, the show’s over for Detective Lily Rush (Kathryn Morris). CBS has officially cancelled Cold Case.

Each episode of Cold Case begins by showing an unsolved crime from the past. The scene then flashes forward to the present day and a group of homicide detectives try to piece together what really happened, using old evidence and new interviews. The series stars Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford, Thom Barry, and Tracie Thoms.

Cold Case began in September of 2003 and quickly became a staple of the CBS Sunday night schedule. The crime drama had a successful first season and, by season two, was averaging a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 15.1 million viewers. For the next couple seasons, total viewership fell a bit but the all-important demo numbers rose, reaching a 3.8 in season four.

Unfortunately the ratings have come down quite a bit since then. In season five, the show averaged a 2.9 rating and about 12 million viewers. Last season, Cold Case sank lower, to an average of a 2.7 rating and CBS made a choice between renewing ailing Without a Trace or Cold Case. They chose to keep Cold Case but may have regretted it pretty quickly. This season, the show’s ratings dropped even further to a 2.15 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.6 million viewers.

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So, while the overall viewership isn’t terrible, the demo numbers are and that’s what brings the ad dollars. CBS often has the most total viewers, but they are often lacking in the 18-49 demo department.

To no surprise, CBS has cancelled Cold Case after seven years on the air. The show won’t be back for season eight next fall. Sadly, the show is not available on DVD. It’s believed that securing the rights for the show’s extensive use of period music is problematic.

What do you think? Are you sorry to see the series go? What could have been done to help the TV show’s ratings?

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Miky_Macge May 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Everything is amazing in this show: original stories, good performers and soundtracks according to the year of the case.
Hope Season Eight soon…


Buzz May 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm

I agree with Melb. This was a great show. I cared about the story lines and the characters,especially Lily and the music accented perfectly. I miss that show.


sheal May 1, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Cold cases is one of my all time favorite shows why’d you have to end such an awesome show I wish you could put it on netlflix or countinued the show. ion will always be better, goodbye.


Diane Kocheran April 18, 2015 at 12:10 am

This was a great show. Shows like this is what viewers want, not all this horrible reality shows.


Anonymous May 23, 2015 at 4:53 am

I whole heartedly agree! I loved this show


ron phil April 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

I lov how it shows how my option is waiting since u cancelled this show I never turned cbs on since.u will never get a rating from me ever.ion will.goodbye cbs you cancelled others as do watching shows I get involved in then you cut them.takecare cbs me and my family and friends are done.


ron phil April 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Cbs of course dosent help good shows stay.its where and what time they put the shows on.goodbye cbs.I haven’t turned you on it four years.I hope it is hurting happy.:)


Gail mcgeorge March 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

I wish you would see to bring it back I loved the show


moni johnson March 22, 2015 at 10:13 pm

I love cold case one of the.
Best. Shows of this time they love to cancel the great shows and keep the junk go figure.


Uncle Dee February 14, 2015 at 2:24 am

just recently got into this show a few years a ago hardly watch any thing on CBS, but if I knew about this show back then I’d watch it. So please at least do 2 or 3 more seasons and then call it quits or put it on Netflix


Cami February 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Nooooo =(
I love it!
Please bring it back!!!!!


Melb February 2, 2015 at 2:02 am

I miss Cold Case, this was one of the best shows on the Air!
Great music, actors and the best crime show ever.
Please Bring It Back…


sybil February 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

It was a great show!
The show was unique from beginning to end so was the music. I watch the reruns every wednesday night on the ion t.v. station.


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