April 12 2024

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Check Out ‘Criminal Minds’ Finale & ‘CM:BB’ Ratings, Links & Promo

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"The Storm" and "The Matchmaker"

"The Storm" and "The Matchmaker"

Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders aired new episodes on Wednesday night, including the season eleven finale of Criminal Minds. You can find ratings, links to watch the episodes, and a Beyond Borders promo below—plus 145 tweets and photos!

Criminal Minds offered the final episode of season eleven at 9:00pm ET/PT. “The Storm” pulled in 8.83 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share in the key 18-49 demographic prized by advertisers (raised to 8.84 million when the final ratings were counted, with no change in the demo). If you missed the finale, or would like to watch it again, you can find it on CBS.com, XFinity TV or CTV.

CBS has not yet announced whether or not Criminal Minds will return for a twelfth season in the fall. (Edit: Criminal Minds has been renewed for season 12.)

Executive Producer Erica Messer spoke to TV Guide about the finale, including this quote:

I kind of saw the multiple bomb threats coming, but not the serial killer twist, which could give you some fertile ground to work with. When did you first conceive of the idea to have unsubs escape?

Erica Messer: We had such a good time with Tara Lewis this year and the idea that she gets to do something that we don’t get to show very often … interviewing the killers after we’ve caught them. So when we met Ennis with her back in Episode 5, we loved that guy so much and we loved that world she gets lost in — [she] even lost her relationship over that kind of thing. We were thinking, is there another way to sort of explore that? Given all the Shemar real estate this year, it wouldn’t have done it justice if we had squeezed it into this year, given everything else we had to do. We thought, if we end the season with this prison break, wouldn’t it be cool for the team to have a victory — but since the team couldn’t be everywhere at once, we learn this happened elsewhere? So it really got conceived as we were breaking the finale more than anything. It was just of interest to us all year, this idea of prison. But we didn’t conceive of the Season 12 tease of it until we were in the room breaking the finale.

Here’s a set of photos from the season eleven wrap party, including former cast members Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) and Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss):

KV stole Shemars phone shhhhhh. @kirstenvangsness @justmeashlei #babygirl #babysister

A photo posted by Shemar Moore (@shemarfmoore) on

Overload of fabu!!

A photo posted by BJ Rogers (@bjrogersdesign) on

CRIMINAL MINDS… Happy Hour ???? AJ Cook in da building!!! ?

A photo posted by Shemar Moore (@shemarfmoore) on

AJ Cook Sandwich!!! That is her big bad nice guy husband… ???? CRIMINAL MINDS

A photo posted by Shemar Moore (@shemarfmoore) on

New Boy Band… "The Pot Belly Boys" ?? CRIMINAL MINDS CREW

A photo posted by Shemar Moore (@shemarfmoore) on

Husband be like… "Why am I smiling while Shemar Moore grabs my wife's…" ??

A photo posted by Shemar Moore (@shemarfmoore) on

Finally, check out these tweets and photos relating to the finale:

Hotch is apprehended & the BAU rushes to prove his innocence on the 11th season finale #CriminalMinds 9/8c

A photo posted by Criminal Minds (@crimmindscbs) on

Season 11 finale of @crimmindscbs #criminalminds @cbstv #aaronhotchner #timothyritchie #jamesshanklin #thomasgibson

A photo posted by James Shanklin (@jamesshanklin) on


Following at 10:00pm ET/PT, Beyond Borders aired the ninth episode of season one. “The Matchmaker” was watched by 6.81 million viewers, earning a 1.2/4 in the key demo (raised to 6.82 when the final ratings were tallied, with no change in the demo). You can watch or re-watch the episode on CBS.com, XFinity TV or CTV.

Beyond Borders has back-to-back episodes on the schedule next Wednesday from 9:00-11:00pm ET/PT. Here’s the promo for the first episode, “Iqiniso” (from SpoilerTV):

Finally, check out these tweets and photos:

Love this group.

A photo posted by Daniel Henney (다니엘 헤니) (@danielhenneyofficial) on

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