Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #7

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders made its premiere last week on CBS Wednesday March 16th at 9/10pm east standard time with the first episode titled “The Harmful One.” The My TV Ratings website stated that the show had a decent premiere, with an 18-34 age rating of 1.6/6 and 8.65 million viewers. There were about 12 shows airing before the premiere, including the original Criminal Minds, which could pose as a conflict against the pilot show of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. This is due to the fact that critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 14% on the Tomatometer and a 40% of an average audience score. Criminal Minds airing before the pilot and the hype before the premiere pose as factors, with critics and audiences alike already expecting the pilot show to be great. But, critics said the show “relies on the same characters and storylines the franchise has used for years, with an extra undertow of xenophobic paranoia,” a low blow that may negatively affect the show’s viewership in the future. The show is up against Criminal Minds’s 9.62 million viewers and 1.9/7 rating, something to consider as the show continues to air.

In contrast, the show’s social media has been positive, with 4, 621 followers on Twitter, and a continued fight for viewership and an increase in fanbase by posting a “7 Things You Didn’t Know About Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Premiere Episode,” and a video of the show’s cast giving a tour of the jet plane they flew in the premiere.