‘Psych’ Season 8 Gets 5 More Episodes – to End the Series?

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Despite its age, Psych continues to march on, delivering stronger than expected ratings with its season 7 premiere as well as a pleasing and acclaimed Clue-themed 100th episode that also garnered huge numbers. Now, USA is rewarding the veteran series with an order for five additional scripts on top of the original – and shorter than usual – order of eight. Will season 8 be the end of Psych?

Many seem to think that the writing is on the wall thanks to that initial short order (a quick renewal prior to season 7 which show creator Steve Franks asked for in an effort to retain his cast and crew), and co-star Maggie Lawson’s potential new show (she shot a pilot but can return to Psych for 5 episodes next season if the pilot is picked up) but Franks doesn’t seem like he’s quite ready to close up shop.

In an interview with Variety back in March, Franks said that he would “keep doing it until they push me out the door.”

Now, things change, and if a show creator’s desire to keep a show going stood as the sole determination for when a series went off the air, we’d probably be getting ready for the 200th episode of Firefly – but that said, Psych‘s ratings are still going (relatively) strong for a basic cable scripted drama (2.8 million viewers last week) and beyond that, the show is an established force on social media.

An early adopter of courting viewers through Twitter with accounts for their writing staff and fan outreach from the show’s stars before and during episodes, Psych has bolstered their presence with events like the “Hashtag Killer” and deciding the ending of the 100th episode via a fan vote that generated more than 150,000 votes across all platforms.

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What does that mean to USA as it prepares to foot the bill for another season of Psych? Well, it means that the show clearly has viewers who not only love the chemistry between James Roday and Dule Hill’s Shawn and Gus, but who are socially engaged, meaning that they are invested, not casual, and more likely to help market the show with techno word of mouth.

Up to now, assigning a value to that kind of audience had been a challenge, but with the announcement of the The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating metric that will help gauge a show’s popularity (and perhaps marketability) on Twitter, a series with that kind of audience may have an easier time justifying its continued existence.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that a 9th season is a certainty (any more than the initial short order or Lawson’s possible partial departure means that the show is marked for death), but it will likely be a part of the conversation, when and if USA, Franks and company decide to have one.

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Psych airs Wednesdays @10pm on USA

Source: DeadlineVariety, Nielsen

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  1. OMG I have loved psych forever and if they don’t go past season 8 idk what I’m going to do. This is the beat show ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • U will not cannel your show…just no. Me & my best friend are your biggest fans we have seen each episode at least 5 times!!! We really want to meet u guys!!! & it would be our dreams if we could guest star?!!

      • Guest star? C’mon son!

      • C’mon Son!!!! You ain’t Psychs’ biggest fan me and my broseph CG are!!!!! Praise James Roday!¡!!!!!!¡!¡!¡¡!!!

  2. Needs to keep going I mean its a funny comedic version of monk and law and order type thing. if law and order can do it for a decade plus… you guys can too.

  3. Psych is my favorite tv show, but has been going downhill ever since franks stopped writing. The last few seasons were almost unwatchable at points. They need to go back to basics.

  4. I don’t think it will matter much that Ms. Lawson will be MIA a few episodes. I really enjoy the characters of Shawn and Gus AND Harry. Maybe they will use these episodes to more development of other characters I’d love to see some more Harry time, I love the dynamics of the relationship between him and Shawn. I think the Mira Sorvino addition will be interesting and there’s nothing more fun than watching Shawn and Gus banter back and forth. I’m anxiously awaiting the return of the show in December! I think it’s still going to be the PSYCHE we’ve all come to know and love! :)

  5. These networks are killing me, they better keep Psych on
    Why do networks take off all the good shows. We are loyal watchers and I could watch psych forever, we have two DVR’s so we can record a lot of our shows and the next day Psych is the first show we watch over all the shows that were on that night. Do not take off one of my favorite shows it has some of the best special guest stars on.

  6. I have watched pysch since the beginning when noone believed shawn i watch the relationship with his father grow n him n julia fall in love. I even watch lassey start to like shawn keep pysch on forever

  7. Hi, yeah. So my best friend and i commented earlier but just to clarify Psych is basically our whole lives so you cannot cancel the show after season 8. Our biggest dream in life is to meet the psych cast and guest star like you don’t even know how much that means to us so yeah. DO NOT cancel the show.

  8. They just CANNOT end PHYSCH, it is the only good show left to watch, enjoy and look forward to it, wish it were on more.

  9. I am disabled and bedridden this show makes me smile in a world where there’s not much to smile about, so please keep this show on the air, I can’t wait until December,I am so tired of these brainless reality shows.
    Thank you.

  10. Psych is everything to me. I’ve bought every season pack that comes in that hard clear case but I’ve bought it for every season. I have watched them all episode after episode literally 26 times and counting. Haha I have no life besides psych. But I have been grounded over an entire summer and that’s all I did was watch my special seasons of psych and all the bonus features. My cousin showed psych to me and I’ve passed it on to all my friends and sometimes we all like all 54 of us up and we all watch psych together it’s really fun. If psych is cancelled then I don’t know what I’d do. Please don’t cancel psych.

  11. This show, by far, is one of my favorites. The dynamics among the cast are insurpassable. That old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies. Keep it on! It’s just as popular as NCIS and Law and Order and they’ve been on well over 8 seasons. Another favorite was the show of the witness protection program – taken off the air for who knows what reason. Don’t take this one off!!

  12. One of the best show ever

  13. This is one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a long time. hope it goes on for a lot more seasons. i don’t sleep much and i watch recorded shows cause digital t.v. sux’s thanks for putting out a great show that me and my wife and kids can all watch together.

  14. I freaking love psych I will die if they don’t do season 9 me and my friend love watching psych I’d’ve their funny jokes I love how Shawn always says to Gus don’t be Pete roses hair cut or something like that something I say constantly around the house is suck it just like Shawn or Gus would say just to clarify all those haters of psych can suck it I LOVE PSYCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  15. What? They better not cancel Psych. What would we do, if weren’t able to laugh at Shawn and Gus? As long as the show still has Shawn, Gus, Shawn’s father, and Lassie the show should go on.

  16. Psych is an Awesome show. My kids (9yrs@8years) love this show as much as my husband and I do. My husband and I even do the “Suck It” singing that Shawn and Gus do!!!!

  17. I was shown psych when I was 6 by my friend Ethan. We watched the episode where Shawn digs up a dinosaur. Psych is the best show ever do not stop!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ps. Add season 7 to on demand. It needs to be there


    and pineapple :)

  20. My husband and I do not watch tv, but we have purchased every season of Psyche (two copies). We have watched every show several times. We watch an episode every night before going to sleep. We laugh out loud at the jokes and antics of the characters. We have fallen in love with all of them. Please do not cancel the show. There is nothing else worth watching. Psyche is a blessing!

  21. Psych is a phenomenal show. It is my and my wife’s favorite show of all time. At first my wife thought it was silly and didn’t get it, but she’d not really sat down and watched a full episode. Then I took her to Santa Barbara to propose (SB has always been my favorite place in America which drew me to Psych initially). After that, she watched a full episode because it takes place there and ever since we’ve been together in our love for this show and what it seeks to achieve for the viewer. It’s like the feeling of Saturday morning cartoons again for adults and that’s just a great thing to get to experience again in life. I will always pay to watch this show. Like all things, this show will end, and I’ll always be grateful for having been able to watch it. Nonetheless, I do think Psych should get at least 4 more seasons…

    I mean among other arguments for why this show is one of if not the greatest shows on television for the way it compels you to feel joyful, let me throw this argument in….

    What other show is so awesome that Boyz II Men covered the theme song in what is perhaps the best acapella performance ever?

    The one thing I think could be made better is if they were to shoot more scenes in Santa Barbara.


  22. with all the tv shows on today i am exhausted-but on wednesdays-hump day-when you can chill after work-i just wanted to sit down and watch “PSYCH”- it has become a favorite program for me to watch and now i have so many of my working friends watching- and then now the summer is over- and what is going on USA??????? pretty please bring PSYCH back and i promise you – you won’t be sorry and we-the FANS- will be forever grateful

  23. I love psych! Found the first 2 seasons on Netflix a while back, and I’ve been watching it ever since. I hope they keep it on for a long time. Come on fans! We do have the power to make this happen!!!

  24. This show is the beat I haven’t seen anything this funny in years it keeps me wanting to see the next episode and I laugh every time I almost have a the episodes recorded on my box keep going guys we love your show hope you continue Shan and Gus rock on……✊

  25. I LOVE Psych I have NOOOOO idea what I would do without it. I LOOOVVVEEE IT!!!!!

  26. USa. have a have already destroyed part of their programming by canceling Burn Notice hopefully they won’t make the same mistake with this show it is the only show that they have that I truly enjoy anymore