Criminal Minds series finale: When could it air on CBS?

Criminal MindsWithin this piece, we’ve got a good bit to discuss when it comes to the Criminal Minds series finale — or, in particular, when the finale could air.

At this point, there’s a good chance that you’ve sussed out the premiere date: Early 2020, most likely January. The plan is to use it and another show potentially as midseason replacements for SEAL Team and SWAT. It helps those two shows to air without a lot of little breaks in the middle, and it helps a show like Criminal Minds get a solid run without too many opportunities for audiences to have to deal with the dreaded hiatus. They want to build up the intensity through the final episodes as a means of ensuring that everyone stays engaged and can say goodbye to the show together. With such a short run of just ten episodes, this is going to be all about the build up.

So with an early January premiere prediction, a finale date in the middle of March seems to be the most likely. If the final season were to premiere on January 1 (which could happen — shows have premiered on New Year’s Day before), the earliest the finale could be is Wednesday, March 4. If there’s a break in there or it starts later, March 11 and 18 are other possibilities — and are probably the most likely ones. Even if Criminal Minds ends on March 18, that still gives a show like SWAT or SEAL Team plenty of opportunity to air another big block of episodes before May sweeps ends.

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The hardest thing for us to imagine is the idea of a world without new episodes of Criminal Minds in it. This is a show that’s been around for a decade and a half and has been a huge part of our lives. Think about how long that is and just how big of an impact it’s had on viewers. There are probably some viewers who started watching it when they were young (probably not the greatest show for small kids, but still) who are now graduating from college. Maybe some of them have careers in behavioral analysis because of it — while these characters are heroic, they’re also flawed and relatable, which has always been what we gravitated to the most with this show. Even though this show has always been procedural in nature, those moments where they pull back the curtain and let us see more of the teams personal life and vulnerabilities has been what we tune in for every week. We are invested in the team!

For some more news when it comes to Criminal Minds…

Check out the link here for some news from the May upfronts!

What do you want to see in the Criminal Minds series finale? (We’d ask when you want it on, but the answer to that is probably universal: Today.) Share in the comments below and come back soon for more. (Photo: CBS.)

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