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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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Mark Middleton January 22, 2015 at 2:28 am

My mom and I enjoyed the show tremendously. In fact, the t.v. show is my mom’s favorite t.v. series.


Sweets January 19, 2015 at 11:49 pm

This show is so great, They need to bring this show back on the air!!!!! I miss this show I can look at this show all day everyday!!!


becky January 19, 2015 at 1:42 am

please bring back cold case. i love the show


Darla Harvey January 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Does anybody on here know who we could get in touch with to sign a petition or beg the producers to bring back cold case.And what makes me upset is that they never made any CD’s of the songs that were played on Cold Case.The songs were awesome too.I’m still watching the reruns of it on ION.So if any Cold Case fans have any ideas or know if there is somebody else that we can reach out too and try to get it back on t.v. please let the rest of us know.Thanks friends.


Anna January 18, 2015 at 3:46 am

I really hope it becomes available on DVD in the future. I have never watched another TV series that was able to stir such a huge emotional impact. Right up there on my list of best TV shows of all time.


Belinda January 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

It is a great show. I missed a lot of the shows because I like being outside when it’s nice outside. Sure do wish I could get them on DVD..


Sofía January 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm

This is the only show that is decent today. All the Other shows on ION are too violent. That is probably why they cancelled It. There Was not enough action.PLEASE bring It back at lease as reruns. I really miss It.


Danny H. January 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

I recently started watching the show on ion and am hooked on it. I agree please bring it back.


Leo Pang January 1, 2015 at 1:31 am

I love the show of cold case, i have no idea why the stop this wonderful show.


Christine December 31, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Seriously this is the BEST show ever I’m so upset there are no more episodes! I’ve seen every episode at least twice. Please please bring back this show!!


arita December 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Please bring color case back on TV for those of us who loved this show. It was the best out of all the crime shows on tv, (you know those crime shows like csi ny,miami,blue blood,without a trace,etc… well you get the picture), if not please put it out onDVD so cold case lovers like me can have it.


Darla Harvey December 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

Please think about bringing Cold Case back.There’s a lot of people writing comments about bringing it back.They ALWAYS take off the best shows just to put some stupid reality crap on.Just like how Sons of Anarchy is done and over with for good WOW I will never understand why Kurt Sutter ended the best show on t.v. All the actors are still alive from Cold Case so why can’t you bring it back to t.v. ? I’ve been watching all the reruns on ION t.v. as I’m sure everybody else is watching it too..Even if you can at least make a 2 hour movie to bring closure to Cold Case so we can all see how it ends?????


Anonymous December 29, 2014 at 6:43 am

Cold Case was best crime show ever. Bring it back with same actors if possible.


Jayne November 27, 2014 at 11:06 am

LOVE the show Cold Case. Loved the storie, actors and music.


Gregory Willis November 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Please bring back cold case i love the old music they play on the show


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