Paramount+ to Revive ‘Criminal Minds’ With Some Past Cast Members

Paramount+ has made a series order for “Criminal Minds,” continuing and expanding the franchise for streaming audiences, blending serialized elements into the series format.

Original cast members reprising their roles include Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster, plus additional cast members to be announced. The new episodes are produced by ABC Signature and CBS Studios exclusively for Paramount+.

CBS’s original “Criminal Minds” series, which ran from 2005 to 2020, followed an elite team of FBI profilers who analyzed the country’s most twisted criminals, anticipating their next moves before they struck again.

In the new episodes, the FBI’s elite team of criminal profilers come up against an UnSub (unidentified subject) who has used the pandemic to build a network of other serial killers. Now, as the world opens back up, the network goes operational, and the team must hunt them down, one murder at a time.

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“For 15 seasons, ‘Criminal Minds’ was at the forefront of cutting-edge scripted drama as it explored the psychology behind crime — thrillingly,” Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount+ original scripted series, said in a statement. “The series never stopped evolving during its run, and we are beyond excited to bring it back into a new era with new stories for a new generation of viewers at Paramount+. Erica, the whole cast and creative team are building a season full of new twists that we are sure will electrify audiences.”

Erica Messer (“Criminal Minds,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) serves as show runner, executive producer and writer on the new series. Breen Frazier and Chris Barbour will serve as writers and executive producers, Glenn Kershaw will direct and executive produce, and Mark Gordon will also serve as executive producer.

Nielsen: Netflix Dominated Third-Party Licensed Content in 2021

Netflix spends billions of dollars annually creating original movies and TV shows around the world. The streamer has literally forced most distribution channels to enter the original content business, including ad-supported VOD, to remain competitive.

But Netflix also dominates the market for third-party network TV licensed shows, according to Nielsen. The data tracking service said that 13 of the top 15 third-party TV programs streamed on U.S. televisions in 2021 were licensed by Netflix.

From myriad seasons of “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Gilmore Girls” to “The Walking Dead” and “The Blacklist,” Netflix subs streamed more than 365 million combined hours of shows across more than 2,500 episodes.

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Notably absent from the 2021 list compared with 2020: “The Office,” which topped Nielsen and Netflix licensed charts with 57 million hours streamed. Last year, however, the program went to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform — a service Nielsen doesn’t track.

“The numbers are not nearly as big as they were in 2020, but Netflix still ran the table,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy, said on a webcast.

Indeed, catalog episodes of “Seinfeld” ranked 14th on the Nielsen chart, which included three months availability on Netflix and nine on Hulu.

“The heir apparent to ‘The Office’ was ‘Seinfeld,’ which is still finding its [legs],” Fuhrer said.


Report: Top Streamed Content in February: ‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘WandaVision, ‘Attack on Titan’

February was a busy month for consumers of subscription-based VOD. New data from Scener, a platform that enables online watch parties and social networking, found that the most popular programs across Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and HBO Max included teen comedy movie To All The Boys: Always And Forever, animated series “Attack on Titan,” catalog series “Criminal Minds,” “WandaVision” and “Game of Thrones,” respectively.

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Scener’s top most-watched titles on Netflix in February were:

  1. To All The Boys: Always And Forever
  2. “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”
  3. “Bridgerton”
  4. “Space Sweepers”
  5. “Grey’s Anatomy”


Scener’s most-watched content on Hulu:

  1. “Attack on Titan”
  2. “The Bachelor”
  3. “How I Met Your Mother”
  4. “Survivor”
  5. “Love Island” (UK)
Hulu’s “Attack on Titan”

HBO Max’s top titles on Scener were:

  1. “Game of Thrones”
  2. The Little Things
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. “South Park”
  5. Princess Mononoke
“Game of Thrones”

The top titles watched by Scener users on Amazon Prime Video:

  1. “Criminal Minds”
  2. Crazy Rich Asians
  3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  4. The Act
  5. The Maze Runner
“Criminal Minds”


Scener’s top titles on Disney+:

  1. WandaVision
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger
  3. The Avengers
  4. Iron Man
  5. Avengers: Endgame

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Firefly Lane’ Tops Weekly At-Home TV Streaming Chart

New Netflix original series “Firefly Lane” bumped previous chart topper “Bridgerton” in Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 content streamed on the household television for the week ended Feb. 7.

The series, starring Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”), whose characters have known each other more than 30 years, generated more than 1.3 billion minutes across 10 episodes in its debut on Netflix. No other series topped 1 billion minutes, including perennial chart topper “Bridgerton,” which talled 659 million minutes across eight episodes.

“WandaVision,” the superhero-themed series from Disney+, moved up into the No. 3 spot with 589 million minutes across five episodes. Disney bows new episodes weekly unlike Netflix, which offers the entire season at launch.

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“Criminal Minds” again topped the acquired programing chart with 904 minutes across 301 episodes, again followed by “Grey’s Anatomy,” with 854 million minutes across 366 episodes. Spanish-language “Mariposa de Barrio” continued its rise, finishing No. 3 with 759 million minutes across 91 episodes.

In movies, Netflix’s The Dig moved up to No. 1 spot from runner-up the previous week. The title generated 403 million minutes streamed followed Finding Ohana with 367 million minutes, and Moana, the Disney/Pixar animated release that moved up four spots to complete the podium with 198 million minutes.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.



SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed

1 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 301 904
2 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 366 854
3 Netflix “Mariaposa de Barrio” 91 759
4 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek”  80 591
5 Netflix “Cocomelon” 6 564
6 Netflix “Henry Danger” 65 544
7 Netflix “NCIS” 353 528
8 Netflix “Heartland” 152 445
9 Netflix “Supernatural”  328 425
10 Netflix “Outlander” 42 379



SVOD Provider

Program Name


Minutes Streamed

1 Netflix The Dig (2021) 1 403
2 Netflix Finding Ohana  1 367
3 Disney+ Moana 1 198
4 Netflix The Vanished 1 195
5 Netflix The Next Three Days 1 185
6 Netflix Below Zero 1 163
7 Disney+ Frozen 1 151
8 Netflix We Can Be Heroes 1 146
9 Netflix All About The  Benjamins 1 135
10 Disney+ Frozen II 1 130

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ Top Weekly Streamed TV Content

The Netflix original series “Cobra Kai” and “Bridgerton” reversed positions on Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 chart digital originals chart with 2.1 billion and 1.67 billion minutes, respectively, streamed on televisions Jan. 4-10.

The Shonda Rhimes’ period drama topped “Kai” the previous week with 2.64 billion minutes.

“It’s not really a fair fight because ‘Cobra Kai’ has 30 episodes and “Bridgerton” only has eight, but still neck and neck, ‘Bridgerton’ getting a lot of airplay out of those eight episodes,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy at Nielsen, said in a video statement.

Netflix’s acquisition of Telemundo original series “Mariposa de Bario” ranked No. 5 on the acquired content chart, the highest-ever Spanish-language series on the Nielsen chart, tracking 548 million minutes across 91 episodes.

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Fuhrer attributed the ranking to Netflix debuting “Selena: The Series” in early December and attracting Spanish-language viewers.

“If you watched “Selena: The Series,” you may have “Mariposa” in your recommendation list [by Netflix],” Fuhrer said. “Speculation, but I think it’s pretty reasonable to [suggest].”

He said the sheer volume of “Mariposa” episodes coupled with the series’ ranking in Netflix’s Top 10, drove viewership. Fuhrer said 34% of viewers of the “Selena” series watched “Mariposa.”

“About 93% of the audience was Hispanic,” he said.

Noticeably missing from the chart: NBCUniversal Peacock’s “The Office,” a perennial Top 10 when it streamed exclusively on Netflix in 2020. NBCUniversal acquired exclusive streaming rights to the old NBC sitcom for a reported $500 million.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.



‘Criminal Minds: Season 13,’ ‘Bull: Season 2’ Among Latest Batch of CBS TV DVD Announcements

Paramount Home Media Distribution and CBS Home Entertainment have slated DVDs of Criminal Minds: The Thirteenth Season and NCIS: Los Angeles — The Ninth Season for release Aug. 28, followed by Bull: Season Two and Hawaii Five-O: The Eighth Season Sept. 4.

“Criminal Minds” revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” focuses on a division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals who pose a threat to national security.

“Bull” stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time.

“Hawaii Five-O” is a remake of the classic series about crime-fighters in Hawaii.