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Criminal Minds isn’t going anywhere.
The pickup comes several weeks after the network handed out its usual early renewals to 16 series, with the drama noticeably absent from the list.
Criminal Minds has had to navigate the departure of not one but two of its stars in the past year. First, Shemar Moore exited the series at the end of season 11. Then, in August, Thomas Gibson was fired from the show after allegedly getting into an altercation with one of the series’ writers on set. (He only appeared in the first two episodes of the season and was subsequently written out in episode six.)
Thankfully, former series regular and fan-favorite Paget Brewster signed on to return as a full-time castmember following Gibson’s sudden departure. Season 12 also has seen the additions of Adam Rodriguez (Magic Mike) and Damon Gupton (Goliath).
Despite the offscreen turmoil, the show’s ratings have largely remained consistent. Criminal Minds continues to see annual fatigue, like most Big Four shows, but it still averages a solid 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 returns. Even better, it pulls 11 million viewers, giving younger-skewing time slot rival Empire on Fox a run for its money.
No doubt contributing to the renewal holdup was the fact that Criminal Minds is one of the network’s few originals not produced completely in-house. CBS Television Studios co-produces the series with ABC Studios. Erica Messer serves as showrunner and executive produces with Mark Gordon and Breen Frazier.
The fate of the show’s sophomore spinoff, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, remains to be seen. The Gary Sinise-led series launched its second season in early March.
Other CBS shows still awaiting renewals are Elementary, 2 Broke Girls, The Odd Couple and The Great Indoors.
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