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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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Sean April 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

This is the best show on CBS. I liked both Elle and Emily Prentiss and the show was better with them but, I still enjoy it. Gideon was good but, a bit creepy and the show still kept the same level of quality without him. It is hard for a show to continue at a high level when they lose main characters but, CM has done pretty well. I will be very disappointed if I can’t watch Criminal minds anymore. Reality shows are not a replacement for quality fiction. They have been done to death. I hope I am dead before “Real lives of fast food workers” airs :-)

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Sarah April 12, 2013 at 12:17 am

Criminal minds is the best show on tv. If I could only watch one tv show a week it would be criminal minds. It will be a shame if it is cancelled a reality show would be a better choice to cancel.

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Divyaa April 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I started watching criminal minds when I was in grade 6 and I’ve been watching it every week since. I really don’t think you should cancel it because there are alot of people who really like it and it’s really cool to watch the team solve the crimes together like a family. I literally love this show and all the team members and I really hope you keep this show airing, at least for 1 more year.

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yasu April 3, 2013 at 4:37 am

Please update the criminal mind.
But Alex Blake is unnecessary.
Please cancel a contract.
And please return Emily Prentiss.

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wheatlandy April 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

I’ve been a loyal fan for oh so long, and I would love to see the show continued into a 9th season, but there needs to be an acknowledging that the show has lost a lot of its luster. In particular it needs to keep the characters true to their core personalities, without getting sidetracked by absurdities and poor writting. I personally would like to see the characters as the were in their strongest moments; Hotch the solid strong leader, Rossi the wise friend and mentor; Reid the true genius, matured without being absurd; Garcia, bright, positive. Soft and compassionate suits her best. We’ve seen too many scenes recently of her being silly and over done; Morgan, still the knight with a bit of a tarnished armour, but not quite so somber as of late, JJ just doesn’t suit the badass agent but I’m actually quit impressed with Blake. She isn’t trying to imitate any one. The unconsummated relationship between Morgan and Garcia needs to be attended to one way or another (please don’t kill someone to do so), contrary to the value of keeping us guessing, it’s starting to look as if the writers/producers are just too afraid of the challenge of their relationship. Good writing can make any relationship work. These are all really good characters, (and actors) just a little off the tracks this past few years. But yes, yes, keep it going. Good TV is RARE.

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JHS March 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

They have a bunch of idiots at CBS if they cancel this show!

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Dorothy March 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

I agree with the ratings for this season. It was really missing something. I like the interaction with the characters, the talking and sharing to solve the case. My family has stopped watching as it is too “gory” for them. Like Garcia, I close my eyes during those scenes. I will watch CM always as the cast of actors is so believable in their performance. Also there is much to learn about crime and the quotes are excellent.

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Lora March 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

Criminal Minds is the only show on TV that I make it a point to watch. I get up very early, so on Wednesdays I take a nap in the afternoon to make sure I can stay up till 10. The writing of the show is so succinct, you can’t miss a bit of it and still know what’s going on. As far as the gore, they really don’t show anything. The actors have done a great job over the years developing the characters. It will be a sad day when this show is cancelled, especially with all the stupid reality shows on.

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Linda Murphy March 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

This is one of the best shows on TV. The characters are great and the actors are perfect for the parts. I hope it gets renewed because it has been one of my favorite shows since its inception.

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Angelica March 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I hope they go for at least 10 seasons!!! <33333

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Anne Czor March 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Addicted to this show. The process of profiling is always true to what really happens. The rest is thrilling adventure too good to stop watching. Don’t want to see this cancelled.

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Donna March 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Any show that can get me scared and sometimes makes me hide my eyes for 8 seasons and I keep coming back every week for more deserves to stay on television. Smart writing, interesting characters, great ensemble. Love CM!

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Sandra Ramirez March 17, 2013 at 7:49 am

I love Criminal Minds! The cast compliments each other well. I like the relationship b between Garcia and Morgan. And absolutely adore Reid.

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denise edwards March 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I hope Criminal Minds runs for another two years at least. It is the best thing on television right now. I’ve never missed an episode since the pilot. And while I love all the cast, Thomas Gibson is my absolute favorite. He is so hot to look at! He is the main reason I tune in every Wednesday.

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yosi March 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

Please update in nine seasons.
A member is favorite.
Aaron Hotchn,Emily Prentisser ,Derek Morgan,Dr. Spencer Reid,David Rossi,Jennifer “JJ” Jareau,Penelope Garcia

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