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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  1. Temecka says

    I am so upset I can no longer find Cold Case anywhere! I truly loved the show, the story line was amazing and it’s actually somewhat believable! I loved the way it went from present to past and the actors and actresses they chose fit their roles! Please bring it back

  2. Anonymous says

    I was so disappointed. My husband and I LOVED this show. It was something we would be looking for. We both have a tied schedule .

  3. says

    Too bad the show was canceled it had great flow and I found after season three I was playing detective watching the little things happening in the story behind the cases they were working on to see what things were leading up to.

    Should throw a two hour TV special to wrap the series up properly.

  4. Leela says

    Are you kidding me? I love this show!!! It needs to come back. I am not sure if enough people knew about this show? Everyone I know that have seen it love it too.

  5. Merle Watterson says

    I am devastated that Cold Case has been cancelled. I anxiously awaited Wednesdays because Cold Case was shown all day. Yes, I think I became addicted but it was a fantastic show and the actors were like family. The actors meshed together and gave excellent performances. OMG, I really miss that show! Wish your writers could come up with a Season 8. And, NO, I haven’t posted a comment before.

  6. Merle Watterson says

    I am devastated that Cold Case has been cancelled. I anxiously awaited Wednesdays because Cold Case was shown all day. Yes, I think I became addicted but it was a fantastic show and the actors were like family. The actors meshed together and gave excellent performances. OMG, I really miss that show! Wish your writers could come up with a Season 8.

  7. Angel Du Pree says

    Cold Case was my favorite show. I don’t watch a lot of tv but I loved that one. There are so many stupid shows on I can’t see how they could cancel such a gripping one. Outside of The Big Bang Theory it’s the only one I watched on a regular basis.

  8. Juan says

    I can’t belive they canceled this unbelievable show, hopefully they will considered to bring it back, I really enjoy it. it is to bad

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