“Criminal Minds” has finally been renewed for the 2016-2017 season.
The long-running police procedural sat on the bubble, while CBS had given early renewals to many other staples on the schedule, but the Season 12 pickup was just a matter of time. Sources tell Variety that “Criminal Minds,” which is co-produced by ABC Studios, was was renewed at a lower license fee. Heading into its twelfth season, the procedural is expensive and financial discusses were reason for the holdup, as the show is a steady ratings performer.
CBS has ordered full season for the twelfth round, though no specific episode order has been given — this past season consisted of 22 episodes and recent seasons before were made up of 24.
Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness star in “Criminal Minds.” Shemar Moore exited the series this past season. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are exec producers. ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios produce.