CBS crime drama Criminal Minds aired its season nine finale on Wednesday, May 19, and led the ratings over all other shows. Enstars reported that Criminal Minds is still performing incredibly well after nine seasons, and will be picked up for a tenth season. Criminal Minds doesn’t get nearly as much attention from the media as other shows but still came out on top of the ratings. The show premiered its first season on September 22 of 2005 on CBS and stars Thomas Gibson from Dharma & Greg.
Entertainment Weekly released a chart of ratings for the top performing programs, which shows Criminal Minds with a staggering 11,962,000 viewers, a whole figure larger than any other shows on the list. Survivor and Modern Family were a not-so-close second and third place, respectively. Criminal Minds even beat out its fellow law shows, Law and Order SVU and CSI.
The leap in ratings is a long way from recent reports that Criminal Minds was struggling, having hit season lows in ratings at the end of 2013. Since then, Criminal Minds has regained its viewership, delivering a powerful finale with plenty of surprises and twists. To read some spoilers about the finale of Criminal Minds season 9, visit TV Guide.
For a summary of the Criminal Minds finale without the spoilers, here is the synopsis:
The BAU continues its murder investigation in Texas, and clues uncover a deep web of corruption that could be the motive for the killings. Meanwhile, as one team member’s life hangs in the balance, another concerned BAU member must face a sad secret from the past, and Garcia is thrust into action to save a colleague, on the conclusion of the two-part ninth season finale of Criminal Minds.
Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn, who plays Blake in the series, will not be returning to Criminal Minds for season ten.
Executive Produce Erica Messer talked to TV Guide about the finale of Criminal Minds and discussed plans for the next season.
Not much yet. There’s a version where we pick up the next day. There’s a version where we pick up and summertime’s gone by just like in real life, so I don’t know yet. We’re just unplugging from the show in the next few weeks and the beauty of that is when the writers get back together, we can say, “I thought of this. What do you think?” We had such an amazing year… I think Season 10 is going to hold a lot of fun stuff for us to do.