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One of CBS’ veteran procedurals will be back to see another season.
The network has handed out a 12th season renewal for drama Criminal Minds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Meanwhile, the fate of spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders remains undetermined.
In its 11th season, Criminal Minds ranked as a top 10 drama in total viewers (12 million) and adults 18-49 (2.8 million). The series, starring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness, ranks as CBS’ second-highest-rated drama in total viewers, adults under 50 and adults 25-54 (3.8 million).
The key to the renewal, sources tell THR, is that the network was able to work out a reduced license fee for the drama, a co-production between ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. Exec producers include Erica Messer, Mark Gordon and Breen Frazier.
The show, which this season said farewell to original star Shemar Moore, was surprisingly left off the network’s 11-show renewal announcement in March as both studios worked out a new deal for the veteran drama.
As networks continue to make ownership a higher priority, reducing license fees is becoming paramount for off-network and co-production series. CBS also is in the midst of working out a potential new deal for freshman DC Comics drama Supergirl, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
Criminal Minds joins a roster of returning dramas at CBS including Blue Bloods, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion. Still on the bubble are Beyond Borders and CSI: Cyber as well as Code Black, Limitless and Rush Hour. Decisions on those are expected to come in the next couple weeks as broadcast networks prepare for their upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York.
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