Criminal Minds, Canada’s Number 1 new program of the 2005-2006 season, wraps up its inaugural season on CTV with a suspense-filled cliffhanger finale airing Tuesday, May 9 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings). What if you were given all the clues you needed to help save someone’s life? Would you be able to decipher them in time? The finale gives viewers this very opportunity. By the end of the episode, the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) agents – and viewers – will have all the clues they need to solve the case and save a potential victim.
Starring Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson, Criminal Minds has emerged as Canada’s most-watched NEW program of the broadcast year – Number 1 in total viewers, and in both key advertiser demos (Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54). With a per-episode average audience of 1.8 million viewers, it sits Number 14 on Canada’s Top 20 list of programs, joining CTV’s Ghost Whisperer (# 20) as the only two NEW programs to break into the Canadian Top 20.** Criminal Minds draws 47 per cent more viewers than Prison Break (# 26, 1.23 million viewers, Global).
Entitled “The Fisher King: Part 1,” the first season finale of Criminal Minds sees all of the BAU agents are on a rare vacation. When they each receive a mysterious clue that means something to them personally, their vacations are cut short as they rush back to work to put all of their clues and messages together in order to save the life of a potential victim. During the episode, viewers can investigate the mystery themselves as all of the clues necessary to solve the mystery are revealed one by one.
This fall, the case will be solved in the resolution of the cliffhanger in the second season premiere of Criminal Minds, entitled “The Fisher King: Part 2.”
“Criminal Minds has been able to replicate the success of other crime-based hits by providing an original twist to the procedural drama format, while tapping into viewers’ appetite for intelligent and intriguing stories,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.
**Source: Nielsen Media Research (Viewers 2+, Sept. 19 – April 30).