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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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KT July 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Would LOVE to see Cold Case back on tv screen again, cause I love Cold Case and solve with them. I love all the criminology shows more than any other stupid shows. I would have them back again!


Anonymous June 28, 2014 at 12:09 am

I think it remains one of the most compelling police shows on TV. I didn’t watch it originally, but have come to appreciate and enjoy it immensely in reruns.


Darla June 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

They need to bring Cold Case back.I loved that show and I still watch the repeats onthe ION channel.I agree with these people on here they take off the good shows for stupid crap its truly crazy that they would cancel Cold Case.Wish we could start a petition or something to bring it back with the same actors.I love Lily Rush..I loved all the actors.Would be awesome to bring it back plus the music they played was great too..Just a sad women from Pittsburgh Pa Im watching Cold Case right now as Im writing this..


Maryah May 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Sad to see that one of the only good shows had been canceled! All you get now is all those ridiculous reality shows, that suck! I always looked forward to this show that love! Bring it back!!!


Carol May 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I can not believe that they cancelled COLD CASE! I watched every night that it was on. Always stayed up late on Friday night to see how many episodes I could watch before I fell asleep. So sorry to see it go……..


Antoinette May 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I am very upset it won’t be a season 9. I would watch the show with my husband n we enjoyed every show. I wish they will figure out a way to bring it back.


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