Rating the Ratings: In what was widely assumed to be the last season for The Mentalist, the show continued its slow slide into mediocrity. It seemed to have made something of a surge back into the renewal conversation around the middle of the season, when it had a long run of upper-1's ratings (often noticeably outrating lead-in The Good Wife). But all appeared to be lost in March when it returned to a 1.3ish level. Then CBS pulled a shocker by renewing the show for an announced final season, but it was left off the fall schedule. Part of me wonders if CBS struck this deal to block The Mentalist from going to a cable network in originals (I had a similar theory about Unforgettable). But its services could end up being welcome if a creative Sunday schedule with Madam Secretary at 8/7c blows up in CBS' face. Grade: C.
Here's the now updated War of 18-49 post for The Mentalist.