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. JerzeeMike says

    Renew the show. It’s one of the best on television. Way better than anything new
    CBS has come out with lately.

  2. Georghia says

    Don’t cancel Criminal Minds!! I just found it and I love it so much. Keep CM AND CSI PLEASE CBS I BEG OF YOU!!!!!

  3. Karoline says

    RENEW! Please, please, please do not cancel this show. It’s one of the best shows on TV! How is this even a discussion??

  4. Ann says

    Don’t cancel the show. This is the best show on. The characters are great and work well together. When you get rid of a great show, others will turn to a different station.

  5. Lainie says

    Love the show, discovered it recently and now watch re-runs nightly on ION and on CBS.
    Please do not cancel it.

  6. Nora Harris says

    Please CBS, please, don’t cancel this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this show, just found this show, will be watching every episode until the end of time if it could go that long (forgive the hyperbole, but this is serious — my show is under threat!).
    What do fans need to do?? Where and to whom do we write to express our fervent desire that the network keep this show??
    P.S. They need to bring back Paget Brewster and lose Jeanne Tripplehorn (so sorry Jeanee — she’s lovely, but just not a good fit for this show).

  7. says

    Don’t cancel it. Favorite show. It is the best show that CBS has. The ratings are probably down sometimes because some of the time there are reruns, or no show at all. If they were more consistent, you would have more people watching it on a weekly basis.

  8. Joy says

    Please don’t cancel Criminal Minds. There are very few shows that are actually worth watching and Criminal Minds is one of them. This is my favorite show.

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