As fans know, Thomas Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds after filming a few season 12 episodes and Shemar Moore left in season 11. Meanwhile, Paget Brewster is returning, Aisha Tyler has become a series regular, and Adam Rodriguez has joined the cast. That’s a lot of upheaval in a short amount of time for this venerable CBS TV series. How will it do in the ratings in season 12? Could it be cancelled? Will there be a 13th season? Stay tuned.
Criminal Minds continues to follow the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) out of Quantico, Virginia. This season’s cast is Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly 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.
4/7 update: Criminal Minds has been renewed for season 13 on CBS. Details here.
5/11 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The 11th season of Criminal Minds averaged a 1.79 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.01 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? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for season 13 on CBS?