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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  1. says

    Please please don’t cancel The Mentalist!! I love this show. Especially now with the new storyline with the FBI. The cast works great together, plus janes character is really unique. Keep it on, CBS.

  2. Mo says

    Yes please renew the mentalist. It is one of the best shows on television. The only reason the ratings went down is because CBS put the show on a Sunday night when sport shows change the time The Mentalist comes on from week to week. CBS basically set it up to be cancelled. It is a really interesting and well acted show it would be wrong to cancel it at this time. There is much more to develop with the main characters and taking it off the air because of CBS demonstrating poor judgment for placement of the show or because of CBS is wanting the show to be canceled is disrespecting the fans/supporters of this show.

  3. Sonde says

    Save the MENTALIST! This poor show has struggled to a late night spot pushed back by football on a lot of Sunday nights, it has survived the Red John story (which did go on too long) but we Mentalist watchers are a faithful bunch, please save The Mentalist.

  4. Kathi says

    I’ve loved this show from the beginning. Yes, I would follow it no matter where and when it goes. As with other shows with low ratings, PLEASE let it have a conclusion. You know we want Simon Baker and Robin Tunney to end up together….Please let us see that.

  5. Jane says

    I love Mentalist!!!!!! Took a while to like the FBI Texas setting. Still dont like the new female agent. Dont lose Lisbon!! Her new romance is really a bad dynamic. But the shows are lazily entertaining. DO NOT CANCEL.

  6. Dee says

    Thank God Red John is done and gone!! The new setting in TX with FBI is great!
    Storylines are great! Please renew!

  7. Why Watch says

    Time to put this one to bed, Red John went way to long, I lost interest and left. And while they are putting this to bed, they can put all those trashy reality shows in the dumpster as well. Any scripted show is better than reality.

  8. Dan Rivera says

    What did you just do? Did you cherry-pick all the positive comments and publish those, AND ONLY THOSE, or is this batch supposedly giving us the consensus opinion?

    Because I’ve watched The Mentalist since its first episode, and I have seen it go steadily downhill. The Red John ending was garbage, and now the writers are trying to keep us awake by moving the program to Texas, but witless as ever.

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