Criminal Minds Gets Season 14 Premiere Date, Truncated Episode Order

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CBS has yet to confirm when its shows will return after their summer hiatus, but we now know when one of the network's veteran shows will be back. 

Criminal Minds' Executive Producer Harry Bring took to Twitter earlier this week to offer up some details about the upcoming season, and in turn, he revealed when the show would return to the schedule. 

Temporal Lobe - Criminal Minds

"Criminal Minds S14 premiere date confirmed. Wednesday September 26, 2018. 10pm CBS," reads the initial tweet he shared earlier this week. 

While it's not confirmed by the network, it would make sense that an Executive Producer would know when the show is returning before it's announced officially. 

Related: Criminal Minds Renewed for Season 14 at CBS!

Also, that date would put it right in line with most of the previous season premieres for the series, so we're inclined to believe this news will become a reality when the network releases premiere dates. 

Making Connections - Criminal Minds Season 13 Episode 22

But fans wanted to know more details about the show, so sent some questions Harry's way, and there was one that may have cast a dark cloud over the show's future. 

"Do we know how many episodes yet?" asked one fan, to which Bring said the following: 

"15 ordered with more possible if lots of things fall into place. Uncertain of that."


Related: By The Numbers: Will Criminal Minds Be Canceled?

While Criminal Minds is no longer the heavy ratings hitter it once was, it still performed respectably last season. 

Moving to a later time slot, it averaged 5.7 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Granted, these figures represent declines of over 20 percent year-to-year, but it recouped some of the losses with delayed viewing. 

On the Hot Seat - Criminal Minds Season 13 Episode 16

What do you think of this news, TV Fanatics? 

Does the reduced episode order signal the end of the line for the series, or do you believe the show could go on for several more years?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Criminal Minds online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up on all the twists and turns on this hit drama series. 

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.

Reid: There's an old Buddhist saying that, when you meet your soulmate, remember that the act to bring you together was 500 years in the making. So always appreciate and be kind to each other.
Lewis: That's lovely.
Reid: There's a corollary for friends. When you meet a true friend, you will be bound together though space and time for 500 years.