Last year, the Criminal Minds TV show didn’t rack up the greatest ratings for CBS. It ranked 11th out of the network’s scripted series when sorted by its demo numbers and 19th (out of 26), in terms of average total audience. As the 14th season premieres with the 300th episode, it is still unclear how long this season will be. So far, the network has only ordered 15 episodes, but CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said that could change, yet still indicated they haven’t decided whether this will be the final season. So, will Criminal Minds be cancelled or renewed for season 15? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
A CBS law enforcement procedural, Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, and Aisha Tyler. The crime drama 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 13th season of Criminal Minds averaged a 0.99 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.730 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 15th season on CBS?
**Status Update 1/10/2019: CBS has renewed Criminal Minds for a 15th and final season, and that last season will be shorter. Details here.