CBS Renews 'Criminal Minds' for Season 9

Criminal Minds
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Although the Criminal Minds spinoff failed to gain traction and was canceled after one season, the original continues to deliver for CBS. Now in its seventh season, the FBI drama is averaging 11.6 million viewers, with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo on Wednesdays nights this season. Co-star Paget Brewster is set to leave the show at the end of the current season.

CBS has renewed Criminal Minds for a ninth season.

The network made the announcement official Thursday afternoon on Twitter: "#CBS welcomes back #CriminalMinds for its 9th season. Series renewed for 2013/14 broadcast season."

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Criminal Minds, starring Joe Mantegna and Thomas Gibson, has averaged 15 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating in the ad-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. Jeanne Tripplehorn, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook co-star, with Erica Messer as showrunner. Mark Gordon and Janine Sherman Barrois executive produce with Messer.

The one-hour procedural, produced by ABC Studios, was noticeably absent in late March when CBS gave a bulk of its primetime lineup renewals.

Now that Criminal Minds has received a ninth-season pickup ahead of the network's May 15 upfront presentation, CBS will make decisions on bubble shows Rules of Engagement, CSI: NY and rookie efforts Vegas and Golden Boy.

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