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After eight seasons, Criminal Minds has been an impressive performer among CBS' top-tier programs. The premiere which debuted on Sept.26 fared strong -- it drew 11.73 million total viewers with 3.1 in ratings on the 18-49 demo.
In retrospect, the crime procedural which stays on the Wednesday 9pm berth of CBS experienced a slight shakeup concerning the cast. Paget Brewster who played SSA Emily Prentiss left the show in the hopes of trying out something fresh, "“I love everyone at CM and the fans! I just couldn’t ignore my gut feeling. It’s time for something new", she said via Twitter. Another series regular, AJ Cook -- the portrayer of SSA JJ Jareau brought a state of uncertainty for the series due to a "creative decision" from the network. Months later, the network decided to re-hire the actress again.
Two of Criminal Minds actor, Matthew Gray Gubler and Thomas Gibson have taken a different venture as they both take part behind the scenes for the procedural this season. Gubler has helmed "The Lesson" and Gibson took over "All That Remains".
Speaking of Gubler, the youngest actor in the show who plays genius SSA Agent Spencer Reid has extended his contract with the network last year -- sealing his series regular status until the ninth season. No other members of the cast have signed-up for an extension thus far, but seeing how the ratings have played out for the show, there stands a high possibiilty for Shemar Moore, Kristen Vangsess and others to follow Gubler's season 9 deal.
Chasing unsubs, flying on a private jet and working on their personal relationships have been the trademarks of Criminal Minds. So whether you're fascinated with psychopaths or you're simply watching because of the nerdy and irresistible Spencer Reid, congratulations! Your unwavering efforts definitely deserve a huge pay-off, Criminal Minds has transcend the chopping block of CBS this year.
Please stay tuned for the official renewal announcement from CBS.