Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: CBS Series Cancelled; No Season Two

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior canceled season twoA day before the network’s official upfront presentation for advertisers, CBS has cancelled Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. The spin-off will end after just one season.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior follows a highly-trained team of agents who operate within the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). They use unique and hard-hitting tactics to bring down some of the country’s most dangerous felons. The TV series stars Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Kelly, Beau Garrett, Matt Ryan, and Kirsten Vangsness.

While spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles got off to an immediate great start back in 2009, the same can’t be said for CBS’ latest spin-off, Suspect Behavior. In February, it debuted to a 3.3 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 13.06 million viewers. That was a solid start but then the second episode dropped 27% to a 2.4 rating and 9.8 million. By the fourth episode, it had fallen to a 2.2 demo rating.

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The ratings have gone up and down a bit over the course of the season but has gone as low as a 2.1 in the demo a couple times. It currently averages a 2.4 rating and 9.84 million viewers, more than a whole point below its lead-in and parent series, Criminal Minds. Those numbers put it squarely on the bubble for renewal.

There was talk about bringing Suspect Behavior back for another round, possibly after doing a revamp, but the network’s decided against it. They likely have other procedurals waiting in the wings that believe can do better so CBS has cancelled Suspect Behavior after one season.

TV show supportA baker’s dozen of episodes have been produced and so far, 11 of them have aired. The remaining two are expected to run tomorrow and next Wednesday night, May 25th, as previously scheduled.

The series finale is called “Death by a Thousand Cuts” and finds the team tracking a serial killer who randomly shoots people in crowded areas.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior won’t be back for a second season? Why do you think this one didn’t catch on?

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  1. Liz says

    I am extremely upset that this show was cancelled, on a cliff hanger no less! It was such a great show. Very original angle given an admittedly unoriginal genre. Amazing cast and even better writing. Please reconsider bringing back the show.

  2. Claire says

    Been waiting a whole bloody year for this programme to come back on Cant believe you lot have just given up on it It was a briliant programme. Come on have a rethink please

  3. trish2012 says

    I am so upset with CBS. Who cancels a show on a cliffhanger season finale. What about those of us who were watching and recording it faithfully every week. So a portion of the country didn’t appreciate this teams unique originality. If everylne had the same taste in shows there would be no need for a multiple variety of networks. Bring it back please or at least sell it to another network like usa or tnt.

  4. Camille says

    Shows should never be cut off unfinished. There should at least bring the show to a good end. Having left off and letting the rest of us who do enjoy the show to wonder about what happened is inconsiderate. One there are shows that start off slow to get people to catch on can end up having a great following because of things like netflix, hulu, and youtube. All of those things allow us to watch show that we may have not otherwised watched, or could have watched. I would like to see networks take into account that not every one of us are able to watch the show when if airs but we do watch the show. Networks should take into account things like netflix, hulu and youtube, how popular shows are there. That would give them a better idea of how popular the show is overall not just the night that those certain episodes aired.

  5. Savanna says

    How could you cancel this show?! The logic and creativity are absolutely amazing and impeccably alluring. I love the thought processes, the acting, and the way the team fits together. Sam always gets in the unsub’s shoes and tries to get in the killer’s head. So disappointing that it was canceled. I had never heard of the show until a week ago. I don’t think there was enough advertising, and not in the right places.

  6. tosha says

    ok really i just watched this show on netflixs and it ended with a cliff hanger wtf who lived and who died this is so wrong i really loved this show grrrrrrr…………………………………………………. CBS……….you suck

    • Anonymous says

      I did too I’m like where the he’ll is season 2…to be honest i didn’t know forrest whitaker had a show until i seen him on the original show…n i didnt start watching the original show till 6 months ago…I’m post we need season 2

  7. Amanda @}~`~,~~~ says

    Ummm.. I luv this show! How can you cancel such a great series? Especially without being loyal enough to the millions of us who do luv it and not show us who ends up winning in that last episode? Cancelled on a cliffhanger? Really ppl? Wtf,Grrrr!!!

  8. Jackie says

    I love this show, just watched the last show on netflix, and saw it was to be continued, and now I read that it’s not coming back.

  9. criminal minds biggest fan says

    u really should put criminal minds suspect behavior back on air. OR even better the original criminal minds!!!!! that was the best shw ever!! Please consider cbs or who ever decides tto put it back on. with thesame actors. you know Matthew gray gubler,shemar morre,kirsten vangsness, thomas gibson and joe mantegna. you should also bring back paget brewster and a.j. cook

  10. sarah says

    LOVED THIS SHOW! SO SAD IT’S NOT COMINGBACK :( I am a fan of the original Criminal Minds, and thought I would hate this spin off, But i was wrong. I likes it very much. Please change your mind and give it another season!!

  11. Anna says

    I LOVE the show and find it to be brilliant and just as good as the original CRIMINAL MINDS. I am extremely perplexed as to why it was cancelled, except that perhaps Mr. Whitaker and Ms. Garafolo are such complex and interesting actors as opposed to just fashion model good looking. I guess that scares studio execs!

  12. brittney says

    Please bring it back or at lease one last show you cant just stop it like that I watch all the shows on nextflix and LOVE THEM please……..

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