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CBS Pulling the Plug on Long-Running Drama

Jan 10, 2019  •  Post A Comment

CBS is pulling the plug on a prime-time drama series that has been a fixture of the network’s programming lineup. Variety reports that the network will run a final 10-episode season of “Criminal Minds” — the show’s 15th season — before calling it quits.

“The final 10 episodes will be shot back-to-back with the Season 14 episodes currently in production,” Variety reports. “With the final 10 episodes, the show will have aired 325 episodes when it ends its run, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history.”

The procedural, which focuses on an elite team of FBI profilers, stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

“The series has been a cornerstone of the CBS schedule, though its ratings have fallen in recent years,” Variety notes. “In Live+Same Day, Season 14 is currently averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers per episode, though those numbers have typically risen noticeably in delayed viewing.”

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