In the press, this has been a tough season for “Criminal Minds.” There have been headlines aplenty regarding the exit of Thomas Gibson, there have been all sorts of changes in the cast, and the ratings are down as of right now 17% in adults 18-49 since season 11. Also, nobody seems to have any idea when the spin-off “Beyond Borders” is coming back despite being renewed for a second season last spring.
So what we’re trying to say here is that there is a ton of negativity; yet, at the same time there’s a lot to be optimistic about the show and its future, especially in terms of whether or not it will be back for a season 13 in the fall.
Let’s start with those demo ratings — while it may be down versus last season, it’s still averaging a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and over 7.5 million viewers. Those aren’t terrible numbers by any means. Plus, look at the current trend — the majority of the long-running crime procedurals are all trending down. In the age of streaming options and Peak TV, there are so many other options for people to watch that are out there. “Criminal Minds” is still the #3 drama series on CBS in the demo, and is only behind “NCIS” and “Bull,” which airs right after “NCIS” and has the benefit of its lead-in. “Criminal Minds” and “Survivor” have never been altogether simpatico when it comes to their content, and may not share all that much of an audience.
One of the other reasons to bring the show back is simply that it remains one of the most-popular series around the world. Procedurals are incredibly easy to market, and are the sort of show that can get viewership on another stratosphere than many comedies or serialized shows. Given that “Criminal Minds” comes from ABC Studios we’re not sure how much CBS benefits from syndication, but at the very least, it does indirectly given that this draws so many more viewers to live airings of the show.
Maybe if the ratings continue to drop at around 17% a year, there may be a cause for concern at around season 14. For the time being, though, there’s nothing to worry about unless the producers just wanted to end the show (unlikely) or CBS does something truly crazy. If they were to end it for whatever reason, we could easily see ABC wanting to scoop it up.
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