CBS has reportedly ordered another season of the Criminal Minds TV show just as fans savor the cliffhanger Season 11 finale.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the long-running CBS drama has been renewed for its twelfth season with a full 22-episode order. Although it is expected for a drama that has secured strong reviews and amassed an average of 12.04 million viewers, fans expressed concern after CBS announced the renewal of other shows earlier in March while leaving no mention of Criminal Minds.
Sources reveal that the reason for the delay is the financial issues surrounding the show’s production. The 11-year-old TV show is expensive to produce, and CBS shoulders the full costs. Criminal Minds is co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, but ABC reaps most of the benefits from the show including from international sales. Deadline reveals that in order to solve the budget problems, ABC has agreed to renew the show at lower license fees for Criminal Minds Season 12.
With the confirmation of Criminal Minds Season 12, CSI: Cyber and Supergirl are two of the remaining CBS series that haven’t been approved for renewal. The show’s spinoff series, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders also remains in limbo.
The crime thriller-drama now join NCIS, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0, among others, in CBS’ safe zone.
Criminal Minds Season 12 will continue without Shemar Moore’s character Derek Morgan, who bid goodbye to the show in Season 11. The series is set to return this fall and will pick up from where the Criminal Minds season finale left off. The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is in hot pursuit of Mr. Scratch and the other serial killers at large.
The cast members include Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier executive produce.
The Season 11 wrapper drew a total of 8.3 million viewers, showing a 6% increase in viewership from the April 20 episode.