After 272 episodes aired since September 2005, CBS’ “Criminal Minds” could officially come to an end. Speculations arise that the current season of the police procedural crime series could be the last.
The cancellation rumors started after CBS has not given an official renewal order for “Criminal Minds.” The renewal odds for the police procedural crime series is completely low as the show’s current season is suffering from low ratings.
The premiere of “Criminal Minds” Season 12 only garnered 8.92 million viewers. Further, the latest episode titled “”In the Dark” landed up with a meager rating of 1.3/5 in the age group of 18-49, according to TV by the Numbers. For comparison, the series’ 11th season averaged a 1.79 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.01 million total viewers.
While the decline in ratings could be attributed to many factors, diehard fans and viewers reportedly lost enthusiasm after its lead star Thomas Gibson was fired in August 2016. The 54-year-old actor was fired from the series after a physical altercation between him and a writer on-set.
“I feel like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it,” Gibson told PEOPLE. “We were shooting a scene late one night when I went to Virgil and told him there was a line that I thought contradicted an earlier line. He said, ‘Sorry, it’s necessary, and I absolutely have to have it.’”
Gibson said he returned back to set and was sharing the writer’s response with some of his co-stars. Suddenly, the said writer went into the room and started coming towards the former.
“As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg,” Gibson recalled. “If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went home – and I never got to go back.”