(Photo : CBS/Criminal Minds) Although 11 shows were renewed by CBS, “Criminal Minds” wasn’t one of them. Why is the network hesitant to announce a season 12 renewal?
“Criminal Minds” won’t be the same without Shemar Moore who played the tough-as-nails Special Agent Derek Morgan on the series. Some fans were worried how the show would fare after one of its major character left the BAU (behavioral analysis unit). However, now several seasoned viewers are worried because CBS hasn’t (yet) renewed the long-running crime procedural.
On Friday, March 25, the network renewed 11 shows including “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race,” Deadline reports. Absent from the list of renewals were “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: Cyber.”
“Criminal Minds” does well in terms of ratings but two things are working against the show’s renewal prospects. The first is that Moore has exited the series, leaving many fans disappointed. The other reason is the fact that it is an expensive show. Unlike “Limitless,” and the NCIS franchise, “Criminal Minds” is co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. The network is covering all the cost for producing the show while ABC Studios is enjoying all the benefits. These benefits include not only profits from the show but also international sales.
Studio-owned series have a higher chance of renewal even if ratings aren’t great because the network receives all profits made by it. In contrast, a show bought from another studio even with higher ratings has lesser chances of getting renewed since the profits from the series are enjoyed by the studio more than the network.
However, it could also be that CBS is waiting to see how “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” does before renewing both the spinoff and its parent series.
When former BAU team member and current Interpol Agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil. Also, the BAU deals with Morgan’s departure from the team.
“Criminal Minds” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.