It’s the end of the road for Major Crimes. TNT has called time on their top rated show and announced that the upcoming thirteen episode sixth season will be the show’s last.
“The whole company of Major Crimes is dedicated to making 2017-18 the best season yet,” said series creator, and showrunner James Duff. “We will finish our long run on TNT with a finale worthy of our loyal viewers and their years of unstinting support.”
Rumours have been circulating for the past year that TNT, who are moving away from procedural fare in favour of “edgy” shows, were looking at bringing the series to a close. Said rumours had reached such a fever pitch that the season five finale was originally written as a potential series finale. It’s worth noting that the decision to end Major Crimes comes after the fifth season once again ranked as the network’s highest rated show with an average audience of 7.7 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms.
“Major Crimes has successfully navigated the many challenges that arise with a spin-off; the primary mission of which is staying true to its core DNA while expanding into unique territory all its own,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “From Brenda Leigh Johnson to Commander Sharon Raydor, the cast and crew have done a phenomenal job of creating enduring characters – many of whom are celebrating 200 episodes together this season.”
Under a prior multi-season deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, Universal Channel continues to hold UK rights to Major Crimes. They plan to air the final season shortly behind the U.S. broadcast on TNT, but a firm UK premiere date has not yet been set.