Why was "The Mentalist" cancelled?


Quick Answer

"The Mentalist" was cancelled due to a consistent drop in ratings. Television networks want to see the highest ratings in the 18 to 49 year-old demographic, but "The Mentalist" continued to slip downward with this age group during its fifth and sixth seasons, leading to the show's cancellation.

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According to TVSeriesFinale.com, the show started off its fifth season with a 2.1 rating, which equals 11.06 million viewers; however, Simon Baker and company only held onto a 1.7 rating, or 9.17 million fans, by the airing of the season’s finale. The season six opening came in at 1.6 with the 18 to 49 crowd but only finished with a 1.4 average over the 22-episode campaign. Despite these indicators, CBS did agree to a shortened seventh and final season, but that, too produced dwindling numbers.

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