'Criminal Minds' Delivers Its Largest Audience of the Season Opposite the Premiere of 'American Idol'

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January 17th, 2013

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"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Sweeps Time Period in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54


CRIMINAL MINDS delivered its largest audience of the season opposite the premiere of "American Idol" while CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION swept its time period, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 16.

CRIMINAL MINDS was second in households (8.1/12) and viewers (12.53m) and averaged 3.7/08 in adults 25-54 and 2.8/07 in adults 18-49.  Compared to the last first-run episode (on Dec. 12, 2012), CRIMINAL MINDS added +520,000 viewers (from 12.01m, +4%).  CRIMINAL MINDS posted its largest audience of the season opposite the premiere of "American Idol."


At 10:00 PM, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION was first in households (7.3/12), viewers (11.10m), adults 25-54 (3.2/08) and adults 18-49 (2.3/06).  CSI posted its second-best deliveries this season in both households and viewers as well as its best ratings in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since Nov. 28, 2012.


Updated Wednesday ratings will be available later today.

  • Robbie Bishop

    “Criminal Minds” was great last night. Easily the best episode this season, and probably one of the best episodes this season. Excellent writing, great acting, nice directing, and intense.
    I despised the ending, though, but I just knew it was going to happen.
    Easily the most emotional episode since either “100” or “Lauren” (probably “100”).

    “CSI” was probably the best one this season. The show keeps getting better and better this season, and I’m glad.
    Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue continue to impress me. Danson is just perfect, and so is Shue.

  • teri C

    This was the best episode ever. I can’t believe the ending. Poor Spencer!!

  • Bjm

    This was definitely one of the best episodes of CM ever.

  • Robbie Bishop

    “Easily the best episode this season, and probably one of the best episodes this season.”

    Sorry, my bad, this is what I meant: “Easily the best episode this season, and probably one of the best episodes in the past few seasons.”

  • Maya

    That episode was out of this world. Reid did not deserve that. I thought he’ll finally have someone to be with. That was a ridiculous ending.

  • Blue Sunflower

    The terrific first 39 minutes don’t make up for the crappy final 2. Terrible ending, majorly disappointed. They didn’t need to do that. Since the ratings of an episode aren’t dependent on the end of the episode, they still would have received the same numbers.

  • Clairole

    NO! NO! Don’t get me wrong, thought it was very good episode.
    But why kill Maeve? Why can’t Reid have a girlfriend? Don’t know what I was expecting, but not that! Poor Reid.

  • Lesli

    I thought it was a good episode, sad but good. I thought for sure she wouldn’t die, thought she would live and that the relationship would phase out like Houtch and Beth or that it would be like JJ and her husband. I wasn’t expecting it to end that way which is probably why I liked it, it was unexpected.

  • Laurel R.

    I think the writers now have an excellent opportunity to delve into Reid and Maeve’s relationship. Yes, after Maeve’s apparent murder.
    *Bear with me, please…some ideas!! ;)*
    Perhaps the bullet was lodged in the unsub’s head somehow.
    Maeve was not killed, although severely injured.

    Reid and Maeve’s complicated and intensely fasinating relationship should continue to be explored. Gubler’s talent certainly shone in this episode!
    Maybe Maeve could be a part of the FBI somehow?

    Fodder for the talented writers on the show, or at least thought, I hope!!

    Laurel Rogers

  • Susanbeth Peters

    This episode was right up there with “100” (when Haley was murdered by the Reaper). I wept at the conclusion of both of these episodes. MGG was in the spotlight this time and I truly enjoyed watching him shine. I must admit that I don’t under the thought process here. The writers kill off Maeve (Beth Reisgraf) who has such great chemistry with MGG (even on the phone) and leave us to endure Beth (Bellamy Young) who has zero chemistry with TG and is literally “painful” to watch. Killing off Beth Clemmons could only improve the show and give us all hope that the right person is still out there for our beloved Hotch. Maybe the TV Gods will be merciful and spare Maeve after all. Call me an optimist!

  • Jeremiah

    Poor Reid I wish he could find him some one awsome show tho

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