Criminal Minds: Season Eight Ratings

Criminal Minds ratingsCBS’ Criminal Minds has long been a quiet staple of the network’s schedule. Will the ratings start to decline this year or will they grow instead? Stay tuned to find out.

The eighth season of Criminal Minds typically airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm on the CBS network. The cast includes Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Shemar Moore.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Criminal Minds is going to be cancelled or renewed for season nine.

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Final season averages: 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.43 million total viewers.

Episodes 08-23 & 08-24: Wednesday, 05/22/13
2.8 in the demo (+8% change) with 11.01 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 2.87 in the demo with 11.43 million.

Episode 08-22: Wednesday, 05/15/13
2.6 in the demo (+4% change) with 10.56 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.87 in the demo with 11.47 million.

UPDATE: CBS has renewed the show for a ninth season.

Episode 08-21: Wednesday, 05/08/13
2.5 in the demo (+4% change) with 10.08 million (-1% change).
Season averages: 2.89 in the demo with 11.51 million.

Episode 08-20: Wednesday, 05/01/13
2.4 in the demo (-20% change) with 10.13 million (-12% change).
Season averages: 2.90 in the demo with 11.58 million.

Episode 08-19: Wednesday, 04/10/13
3.0 in the demo (+7% change) with 11.47 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 2.93 in the demo with 11.66 million.

Episode 08-18: Wednesday, 04/03/13
2.8 in the demo (-7% change) with 10.79 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 2.93 in the demo with 11.67 million.

Episode 08-17: Wednesday, 03/20/13
3.0 in the demo (+15% change) with 11.58 million (+12% change).
Season averages: 2.94 in the demo with 11.72 million.

Episode 08-16: Wednesday, 02/27/13
2.6 in the demo (0% change) with 10.33 million (-3% change).
Season averages: 2.93 in the demo with 11.73 million.

Episode 08-15: Wednesday, 02/20/13
2.6 in the demo (-7% change) with 10.69 million (-11% change).
Season averages: 2.95 in the demo with 11.82 million.

Episode 08-14: Wednesday, 02/06/13
2.8 in the demo (-10% change) with 11.98 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 2.98 in the demo with 11.90 million.

Episode 08-13: Wednesday, 01/23/13
3.1 in the demo (+7% change) with 11.84 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 2.99 in the demo with 11.90 million.

Episode 08-12: Wednesday, 01/16/13
2.9 in the demo (-7% change) with 12.64 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 2.98 in the demo with 11.90 million.

CBS TV show ratingsEpisode 08-11: Wednesday, 12/12/12
3.1 in the demo (+3% change) with 12.01 million (+6% change).
Season averages: 2.99 in the demo with 11.83 million.

Episode 08-10: Wednesday, 12/05/12
3.0 in the demo (+3% change) with 11.33 million (-8% change).
Season averages: 2.98 in the demo with 11.81 million.

Episode 08-09: Wednesday, 11/28/12
2.9 in the demo (+7% change) with 12.37 million (+7% change).
Season averages: 2.98 in the demo with 11.87 million.

Episode 08-08: Wednesday, 11/21/12
2.7 in the demo (-10% change) with 11.53 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 2.99 in the demo with 11.81 million.

Episode 08-07: Wednesday, 11/14/12
3.0 in the demo (0% change) with 12.20 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 3.03 in the demo with 11.85 million.

Episode 08-06: Wednesday, 11/07/12
3.0 in the demo (+3% change) with 12.09 million (+1% change).
Season averages: 3.03 in the demo with 11.79 million.

Episode 08-05: Wednesday, 10/31/12
2.9 in the demo (-7% change) with 11.99 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 3.04 in the demo with 11.73 million.

Episode 08-04: Wednesday, 10/24/12
3.1 in the demo (0% change) with 11.61 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 3.08 in the demo with 11.66 million.

Episode 08-03: Wednesday, 10/17/12
3.1 in the demo (+3% change) with 11.81 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 3.07 in the demo with 11.68 million.

Episode 08-02: Wednesday, 10/10/12
3.0 in the demo (-3% change) with 11.49 million (-2% change).
Season averages: 3.05 in the demo with 11.61 million.

Episode 08-01: Wednesday, 09/26/12
3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.73 million total viewers.
Season averages: 3.10 in the demo with 11.73 million.

Compared to its season premiere a year ago, the show was down by 24% in the demo (vs a 4.1 rating) and down by 17% in viewers (vs 14.14 million).


Reference point: The seventh season averaged a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 12.63 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Criminal Minds TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a ninth season?

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  1. Sam says

    The show definitely needs to be renewed. This is the only show that I will actually watch when it airs instead of watching it off of the Internet.

    I think it would be benificial to the show if they cut down on some of the more graphic things. I know when Mr. Gubler directed an episode (the one with the girl that was missing a hand) he went with the “less is more” approach with the gore, and I thought it worked out very nicely.

    • Sam says

      Also, with the “family” element they have in this particular tv show, I think it woul be good to have Prentiss make appearances here and there.

  2. Why Watch says

    I’ve always enjoyed Criminal Minds. Contrary to most, I prefer Jeanne Tripplehorn over Paget Brewster. JT’s character makes a good counterpart to the Dr., so there could be some play there. But I agree, the crimes don’t need to be so graphic. Hitchcock’s shower scene still ranks up there.

  3. Castlefan41319 says

    The problem is that CTV is airing Criminal Minds on Tuesdays. We live in an era where everything is available on the internet. The numbers will unfortunately drop due to some fans watching the show online before it airs in the US

  4. Fan says

    This show is not what it used to be. Not even close. For 2 seasons now, most of the writers have either been new and not knowledgeable enough of characters or creative enough to come up with cases that aren’t cheesy, or they’ve been veteran writers writing for themselves and not keeping the characters (or fans) in mind.

    Also, despite repeated insistence from dissatisfied fans, the writers still keep showing the crimes in full detail. Earlier seasons focused more on the team solving the crime (and good character interactions!) than on the crime itself. But I guess most people must need to be completely grossed out to be entertained. It’s sad.

    If ratings continue to drop, I wouldn’t be surprised. Season 7’s finale felt like a series finale, with it being peaceful and dealing with Emily’s departure.

  5. leona says

    i will watch this show no matter what but really am missing paget brewster love the show have for years hopefully she will come back watch the reruns over and over too please renew for many years

  6. Scorpionlune says

    Although Jeanne Triplehorne is not one of my ‘favorite’ actresses, I love the other characters in Criminal Minds – enough to continue watching! Please keep it on.

    • Samara says

      That is just how I feel! I would prefer someone else in that part, but I adore most of the others too much to stop watching! They just need to make sure no one else leaves!

  7. na card says

    watched 1st of season 8 – not close to previous openers. New lady – had too much of an attitude- but I’ll give her a chance.Hopefully they will adjust her character some – or we couls see the end to a great show – as all the other characters have developed into “real” people and have fans who follow them closely!

  8. Ann says

    Jeanne Tripplehorn is horrible on the show. She is not part of the team. Get Paget Brewster back. It was a great team with her on it.

  9. Mandy says

    I want them to renew the show, but I also think they should listen to the fans’ input on certain situations. It may drop their current ratings even further if they don’t because their fans will be completely upset. If they just blow the fans off, people will start watching other things, because why keep them on the air if they’re going to act like that?

  10. Jen says

    @ Mary Lynn, Jeanne completely agree. I really wanted to give Jeanne a chance but it’s like she is apparently a know it all from the get go. Questioning everything the team does. Still love the show and will continue to watch but I agree Jeanne brings nothing. I miss Paget already :(

  11. says

    My favorite of all times, in fact the only program I watch on TV. I watched the first program of the series of 2012. Your program will never be the same without Paget Brewster.
    You may as well write off Jeanne Tripplehorn, she adds nothing. If anything she brings a negative feeling to the program and viewers I have talked to don’t care for her at all.
    Give Paget a raise, give her the Asst. to Strauss position and bring her back, renew, renew and renew for a 9th. 10th season and on, continue the program. Paget could guest star when you aren’t filming. Remember the BAU is like family. Paget was like the glue that held the family together.
    Ratings are fine, but post and words speak volume’s.

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