Is ‘Criminal Minds’ Canceled? Here’s When the Show Will End

Criminal Minds is coming to an end. The long-running CBS crime drama will end after its 15th season, the network has announced. The 14th season of the show is currently airing, with the season finale scheduled for February 6.

On Twitter, fans reacted with disappointment when they learned the show, about a group FBI profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit, would wrap up after more than 300 episodes.

Rumors that Criminal Minds would be canceled have been swirling since last year. The show wasn’t renewed for Season 14 until the last minute, giving fans a clue that the end might be near. Some are thankful that CBS has decided to give the series time to wrap up all its storylines and give its characters a proper sendoff.

Why is CBS canceling Criminal Minds?

Criminal Minds has been on TV since 2005. But ratings for recent seasons of the show have slipped, which likely explains why CBS decided to pull the plug. Thankfully, fans don’t have to worry about a never-to-be-resolved cliffhanger ending, since the network is giving showrunner Erica Messer the opportunity to wrap things up with a 10-episode final season.

“We wanted to make sure Erica had the time and ability to write a season [14] finale that honors the characters and the fans,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS’s EVP of current programs, told Deadline. “We wanted to make sure Erica had the time and ability to write a season [14] finale that honors the characters and the fans. We discussed wanting to keep the show in continuous production so 10 felt like the right number for us to roll straight into and give Erica enough episodes to end the series the way she wanted to.”

What fans can expect from Season 15

Kirsten Vangsness (L) and Joe Mantegna
Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds. | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Season 15 of Criminal Minds will be shorter than past seasons, and production will begin immediately after Season 14 wraps. So far, we know that the final season will feel more like a serial drama than a procedural.

Messer told Deadline that fans can expect as “very worthy adversary” for BAU head David Rossi (Joe Mantegna). Some memorable villains from past seasons could also make an appearance, as could fan-favorite characters who’ve left the show, like Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), and Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore). However, Patinkin called appearing on Criminal Minds “the biggest public mistake I ever made” after his Season 2 departure and criticized the show’s violent content, so it seems unlikely he’d be eager to return. Gibson was fired after an on-set altercation in 2016, where he allegedly kicked one of the show’s producers.

A premiere date for Season 15 hasn’t been announced. In the past, the show has debuted new episodes in late September or early October, so fans can probably expect to the final season to begin airing in early fall 2019, with the show wrapping up in late 2019 or early 2020.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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