Criminal Minds to End With Season 15

Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna

Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna

A fan-favorite in reruns and on streaming, "Criminal Minds" has seen its linear ratings slip over time, with the now airing season averaging a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen's live-plus-same-day numbers. The final season will consist of 10 episodes.

After 15 seasons, "Criminal Minds" will conclude its run on CBS. Next, get ready for a momentous ride: "Season 15 will be our epic final season".

"It is the quintessential CBS hit. It's been successful not only on air but online, in syndication, internationally for ABC (Studios)".

"We wanted to make sure Erica had the time and ability to write a season (14) finale that honors the characters and the fans", Reisenbach said. "But they respect this series and the cast and the crew and the fans enough to end this properly". The final arc will also feature a "worthy adversary" for the team.

CBS boasts that the show, which is executive produced by Erica Messer, has managed to hold up against Modern Family, Empire, Lost, and American Idol over the years. Casting details are still being worked out, but Messer is hoping to bring back some memorable unsubs as well as cast members for the final run (Shemar Moore is still in town filming S.W.A.T., just in case you were wondering).

"I am very hopeful that we can honor all of those characters who have been beloved and with this team, with the audience for years, but I don't know what that's going to look like; I don't know the logistics of anything or the story. It's such an honor to be part of a series for that long", she said.

Messer, who has promised a more serialized season with "formidable villains," has a pod deal with CBS, meaning that she will continue to create original dramas with the network.