ION Television will begin airing Criminal Minds in primetime in the fall of 2009 following an agreement for the series’ broadcast-syndication rights between parent ION Media Networks and CBS Television Distribution.
Crime drama Criminal Minds follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit at Quantico, Va., and stars Mandy Patinkin, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore.
“This high-caliber TV series strengthens and broadens ION Television with target audiences and advertisers long-term,” ION Media Networks chairman and CEO Brandon Burgess said in a statement. “The series has compelling first run ratings on CBS and isshowing strength going into their fourth original season.”
ION has been stepping up its programming with shows such as Boston Legal, The Steve Harvey Show and Quantum Leap. The network will hold its upfront presentation May 1 in New York.