‘Criminal Minds’ Season 11 Episode 8 will Explore ‘The Dirty Dozen;’ JJ Finds Herself at Crossroads upon Return

The long-running CBS crime drama has been a solid part of the network’s lineup but the downward trend in its ratings this season is getting worrisome.

According to TV by the Numbers, the season has been one of the least viewed episodes during its 11-year run. The show had its smallest season premiere this season and also achieved a series low in the adults aged 18-49 category more than once, the most recent was during last week’s episode.

Executive producer Erica Messer has promised avid fans that the latest season will be heading towards a different direction, unlike Season 10 last year. In an interview with TV Guide, she also talked about going back to the show’s roots.

Messer expressed her desire to bring back old characters rather than add new ones because it would allow the show to focus on the team without having to service a new regular character.

It’s not yet safe to say that this season will be the last of “Criminal Minds,” but it’s also too early to tell if it will be renewed for another season. CBS is yet to make its comment on the rumors, but with “Criminal Minds” as one of their staple programs since 2005, they will probably give it one more chance.

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