Although Shemar Moore left at the end of its 11th season and Thomas Gibson was fired early into the 12th, the Criminal Minds TV show still scored a 13th season on CBS. The ratings did slip some during 2016-17, but within respectable limits for such a long-lived TV series. How long can its luck hold? Will Criminal Minds be cancelled or renewed for season 14? Stay tuned.
A CBS police procedural, season 13 of Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, and Aisha Tyler. Moore returns in a guest-starring capacity. The series follows the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) out of Quantico, Virginia. The BAU remains dedicated to understanding predators’ motive and triggers, in order to stop them before they strike again.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The 12th season of Criminal Minds averaged a 1.39 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.466 million total viewers (live + same day ratings).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the Criminal Minds TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 14th season on CBS?
5/12/18 update: CBS has renewed Criminal Minds for a 14th season. Details here.