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?
please do not drop the mentalist, it is such a good show and I look forward to watch it.
I love the show. I was sorry to see it end. However the final episode was awesome. Hope to see it again soon. The cast was wonderful. Will miss the show.
its just like CBS to cancel a show they threw to the wolves in the first place. The sunday time slot move was a killer. what ever they put in its place I just won’t watch. Simple…
Please do not drop the mentalist. I Love this show. The cast is awesome.
I want it to stay on. The one show that I looked forward to watching , really the only one I looked forward to watching. Love Cho.
I am sad they are ending this show in season 7. I would like to see a better story line with the original characters. Promotions with Cho and the others moving onto more of a mystery line of investigations.
Patrick Jayne is so cute (and cheeky) the original cast and original jobs were better. don’t like the new woman either.
I don’t know what to do now. I love the Mentalist. Where else I can see that?
Both my husband and I love the Mentalist. Keep it on. I think moving to the FBI hurt the show. Not much of Van Pelt and Wayne. Let’s get back to what they do best. I would watch any channel that it’s on. If it is the final season, let people know. Give it a happy ending. Also give Simon a shave. He looks crummy.
Love the show please keep it on . Depends on where you move it to as to weather I follow it or not
love the mentalist, only problem with getting to watch all my favorite shows is that they sometimes all air at the same time. please keep the mentalist.
If networks would stop moving programs around people who want to watch them could find them. I would watch The Mentalist anywhere anytime.
Love the Mentalist….please keep it on. When will it be back?
Final season will likely debut mid-season.
I love the show please don’t cancell it it’s the only show I find interesting and fun! Also Patrick so entertaining and great to look at!!!