World Series Criminal Minds Repeat

Criminal Minds, Blindspot, SVU Pulled Opposite World Series Game 7

CBS has pulled this week’s original episode of Criminal Minds from Wednesday’s schedule, with Fox’s well-watched World Series serving up Game 7, TVLine has confirmed.

Similarly, NBC has replaced tonight’s slate of original Blindspot, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. episodes, in favor of a pair of SVU repeats (this season’s first two episodes) followed by a P.D. rerun (“Made a Wrong Turn”).

CBS’ Survivor and Code Black will still air new episodes.

Having drawn north of 20 million viewers for the past two games, baseball’s Fall Classic’s clincher is projected to possibly draw an audience of 30 to 35 million.

The originally scheduled Criminal Minds episode was to “officially” mark the beginning of Aaron Hotchner’s extended special assignment for the Director, seeing as Thomas Gibson initially was written out for just Episodes 3 and 4, in the wake of an on-set altercation with a writer/producer. (Soon after, however, the original cast member’s permanent exit was announced.) Airing in its place will be a repeat from a year ago, “Target Rich.”

CBS previously swapped in a slate of repeats on Tuesday night, when the World Series stretched to Game 6.

ABC’s live broadcast of the 50th annual CMA Awards will air as planned, while The CW at this time is planning to stick with original episodes of Arrow and Frequency.