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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.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

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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Victor March 15, 2013 at 12:51 am

Please keep the show, I love it so much.

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Victor March 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

The most TV show I love is Criminal Minds, please renew it for the ninth season.

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crystal March 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I love. This show keep it on the air
Plzzzz

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yasu March 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

It is a favorite program.
I want Emily Prentice to return.

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frank March 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

keep this show on the air, it is one of the only shows worth watching.

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Brenda March 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I really like Criminal Minds show and I hope you have no plans to cancell it. There are too many reality shows which I dislike, so please… don’t take CM off the air!!!

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Bella February 27, 2013 at 8:03 am

Don’t cancel this show. My favorite and I went back to watch all the old shows. It’s clever and I like the characters. What I don’t like us missing episodes the channels skip over when I want to see them all. Keep it up. Good shiw. I get Attached to the charactets. When Hotch loat his wife that was hard but a bery good show.

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Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I love this show and all of the csis also

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Jazz February 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Great show, but it needs to get back to the basics. Less Garcia, more profiling and better writing please

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Mary February 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Please don’t cancel.I even watch the old shows.

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Anonymous February 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

I love this show, I hope they don’t cancel this show. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Morgan and Penelope get together in season nine? That would be a nice twist of events.

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Trish February 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

Love this show! I watch it on every channel!

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Tami polk February 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Don’t take this off the air! This has been the best season ever, not sure if you have gotten new writers or went to the FBI for ideas. We have to record it like most people. Don’t cancel please

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Nic January 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

I just hope they’ll renew it for a ninth season. This show is amazing, the actors are great, and no episode is ever the same… So please, let the be a ninth season!!!

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sandy January 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Renewal of Criminal Minds will keep me watching CBS. It’s my favorite show, and literally my only occasion to tune into CBS. This show is thought provoking, intelligent and addictive.

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Ulyesses February 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

My favorite show on tv. Love it! This is the first time I’ve submitted any type of AOL comment.

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