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The Mentalist: To Be Cancelled or Renewed for Season Seven?

The Mentalist: canceled or renewed?Last month, CBS renewed most of TV shows from the 2013-14 season. One series that was conspicuously missing from the list was The Mentalist. Does this mean that the show has been cancelled or, could it still return for a seventh season?

Starring Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman, and Amanda Righetti, The Mentalist debuted in 2008 and was an immediate hit for the network, drawing an average of a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 16.94 million viewers. The second season dropped to a still healthy 3.4 in the demo and 15.35 million. Unfortunately, The Mentalist has continued to lose viewers each subsequent year.

In 2012, the network opted to do what they’ve done in the past with other declining established shows — they sent The Mentalist to the Sundays at 10pm timeslot. Because of frequent sports-related overruns, numerous episodes of The Mentalist haven’t started until well after 10pm, making it a challenge for even the most devoted fans to watch it.

Last season, the show’s ratings fell to a 1.7 demo rating with 9.5 million viewers, a far cry from the show’s early seasons. It easily could have been cancelled but CBS renewed the series instead.

This season, the numbers have gotten even worse. The 18 episodes that have aired thus far have averaged a 1.5 in the demo and 9.21 million viewers. The show is expensive to produce and is bringing in less advertising revenue so it’s certainly in danger of being cancelled once again.

Because CBS already renewed most of their other shows, there’s not much space left for new hour shows — and the network certainly needs some of those next season. Both of their new dramas this season — Hostages and Intelligence — were ratings failures and are certain to be cancelled.

On the positive side, Warner Bros Television, which produces The Mentalist, has incentive to keep Simon Baker and company on the air. They have a lucrative $2+ million per episode deal with TNT and the series also brings in a lot of cash from overseas markets.

They are likely offering CBS a financial break if they take on another season but, according to Deadline, Warner Bros is also shopping the series to other outlets. ABC, who’s also been struggling to establish new dramas, is said to be interested. Cable channels might also be a possibility but they have less cash to spend. It will likely all come down to what kind of deal Warner puts together.

Fans of the show will have to wait to see what happens but at least they have a strong ally in the studio for also wanting the show to come back for a seven season.

What do you think? Do you think The Mentalist should be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? Is it time for this show to end? Would you follow it to another network or cable channel?


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Dilyn August 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Please please please and please again BRING BACK THE MENTALIST I am sick and tired of all the stupid reality shows on TV. They are geared to voyeurs. I like entertainment and detective shows and this show as well as Castle and Bones fits the bill


Alexis Leigh July 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

cancel, now that jane and lisbon are together, the show will not work


Alexandra Koppova July 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Keep the show and definitely keep Jane with Lisbon. I do not want to see them apart. I am pretty sure there could be another hard catch maybe not like Red John but certainly someone. I don’t know maybe one of his followers could rise to the occasion.


Leona June 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Keep the show! I’ve just spent the last three weeks watching the entire season. I recorded it. Just couldn’t stay awake past 9 or 10. My husband and I enjoy what what was done with Jane’s storyline. Quite entertaining.


tom June 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm



Art June 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

Great show. Keep it coming.


N. Lebron July 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I love the show, please keep it coming. Have a mistery on the show , this allways hold the adience captive like Red Jones.


Anonymous June 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

one of my favorite shows gotta keep it going.


MaryElle June 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Please bring back The Mentalist!!


Art June 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

This is one of the few shows on TV that has an intelligence factor to it. Jann is very clever, and the writers come up with great twists on every episode. It may be too hard for the average 4th grade viewer, but it makes for a great detective show.


john June 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I have enjoyed the show since its first viewing. I still find it entertaining. They had to do something to change the tenor of the show once Red John was found and eliminated from the story line. I would like to see them juice it up a bit more and allow Patrick Jane to go off the rails so to speak to keep it lively. If the story line that was proposed to have Agent Lisbon transfer to DC and drop from the show had taken place, I would have lost interest. I am concerned that they might do something like was done on Bones with the two main characters having a baby which was to me a serious “jump the shark” moment. Once the baby became too much of a focus in the story line. I stopped watching.


Garry June 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm



David June 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

I used to like the show until, apparently I missed the relocation to Austin Tx. Not intrested any longer.


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