‘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. I watch many tv shows like Prison Break, Bones, Lost, Friends but i must say Psych is the best show there is.. I just love it.. Its a complete show..there should have been 22 episodes on each season..

    • i completely agree! why do they have such short number of episodes per season???

    • not sure where you get 22 from … shows back in the days had longer run time in minutes per episode and the seassons exceeded 30 episodes and shows like Bonanza had as many as 39 episodes. I love Pysch and they say its numbers are still good at 2.8 million, but I remember there where “”””””””seasons””””””” that garnered 4-5 million veiwers. I think the drop off is there are not enough epsisodes in a season to keep interest in the show. I have been annoyed every since I figured out that the season where shorter than normal. 14 eps is not a season it is a mini series. I remember the mini-series V and it played every night for 5 nights in a row with 2hours per nite. that was 10 hours of air time in one week. so 14 is hardly a season. I missed a lot of psych because 14 eps is not enuff to even form habit of watching. With free tv back in the day well and even as little as ten years ago you knew approx when the season would start and approximately when the season would end.and you had re runs of the series to keep that viewer ship comin back. I missed the 100th and the
      episode and the ones where julie broke up with shawn cuz of this and could not even get it on hulu of course this is cable … maybe pysch cant make it on real tv. I cant even up with what is going on cuz there is no ryhme or reason for when a season is going to air. Great show but as for 8 season NOT!!!! it is really on a bout 4 season if and when 8 shows up

      • I LOVE PSYCH SOO MUCH, WHEN I HEARD THEY WHERE ENDING , I FELT AS IF I LOST A FAMILY MEMBER !!!! I need have watched Psych every since they started 8 yrs ago , I would watch even if the cut their season’s even shorter.

        • Same here

  2. I love this show I was watching on ION as well and then it suddenly did not play anymore. I wish it would play on one of those types of channels for people like me that can not afford the higher channels.

    • If you get Roku setup in your home it has netflix on there which currently has up to season 6. I about to finish season 6 for the first time. Glad I’m almost caught up. Hopefully they bring Maggie Lawson back on the show because I just adore her and the chemistry that just works on the show between Juliette and Shawn’s character. Please no spoilers since I have not watched season 7 yet.

    • Amen to that, I don’t have cable either. I was flipping stations, and I ran across Psych. I was a little leery with the name, but I decided to watch it. I went looking for it a few months ago and it was off. I just turned the station today and it was on ION. Yay, it is back. It’s clean and funny. I think that the two guys have great chemistry.

  3. Please, USA… keep this show around. Psych is my favorite show on TV. There’s still a lot of life left in it!

  4. Psych is our favorite show. There are so many shows that have stopped that really should have had more episodes so the reruns would be longer. Everyone I know loves it.

  5. Hopefully there is plenty of notice so that one can switch channels or go watch paint dry when ‘psych’ is schedule to burn air time.


  7. I started watching Pysch from the beginning and have never missed an episode. I love this shows humor. The best friend relationship between Shawn and Gus is what everybody hopes they have. I was finally able to get my husband and son to watch a couple episodes of season 3 and they love it now too. They got on Netflix right away and watched all of season 1 & 2 to catch up and it has been a family time show ever since. My older son and his girlfriend also got on Netflix last year to watch it and can’t wait for the new season. They will also be joining us on family night to watch it this season. I agree the episodes per season are to short and that is a negative to keep viewers coming back, so hopefully they will listen to us viewers, who watch it to keep it on the air, and add even more episodes to this season. I vote to definitely keep it going. And finally, it will be the shows end if they get rid of Maggie (Juliette), replace her or break them up. Sometimes, you have to keep the main love interests going and follow it through to the end, and this is most definitely one of those times.

  8. I dont want psych to end because i watch it with my family and spe.d time whith them it is funny it is someing that i can talk with my family about me and my family never miss a episode we love to watch
    when ever the season is over we cant wait in to the next season

  9. Can’t wait until the Musical tomorrow I am watching on ION TV today I have been watching every episode since the piolet I agree the seasons are too short but it is a very entertaining and well written show I will take what can get. They already took Monk from me Please give us more Paych!!!

  10. I cant believe Studios cant see where the demand is…idiots! When something is great…cancel it. DUH!!! Now pull your heads out and offer good money to go a COUPLE scripts beyond season 8! Its something not only requested… but also DEMANDING! Think of how many will drop off the network if somethings not done. (2.8 million is just a few of course) I know the actors may be a little tired of it…but a good break can linger into boredom too.

  11. please make psych last longer.. I just watched it last month and it would be great if the show would last like smallville. Psych is the most sensible series I haved watched since CHUCK. PINEAPPLES!!

  12. Psych is awesome me and my sister watch every single episode when there are so many great reviews, why cancel the show? Clearly a lot of people find it entertaining. I will be 100 percent furious if they do

  13. get nelson back as the Captain!

  14. Has Psych gotten new writers? It’s been one of my favorite shows for years but Shawn has become so annoying (especially the 2014 episodes) that it’s getting hard to watch. I love the interaction between Gus and Shawn but lately it’s becomes so juvenile that I sometimes fast forward through some of their scenes with my DVR . The new story line with the police department changes and Lassiter back in uniform is ridiculous – all the characters seem “out of character” which means that the elements that used to make this such a good show are gone, along with my interest! When you have a formula that works, why change it? You are killing the goose that lays the golden Psych egg!

    • I agree I used to love the show I’ve watched every episode at least 5 times, I can’t even finish watching them now. It’s just plain stupid.

    • I agree, I used to love the show I’ve watched every episode at least 5 times, I can’t even finish watching them now. It’s just plain stupid.

  15. I’m 65 and think that PSYCH is the best comedy series to hit the air in the last decade.

  16. I could watch Psych for another 10 years or more…… It’s the best show on TV.

  17. Psych is the best show in the world! Andit should keep on going I’m in love with it! It should keep on going ill be so sad if it doesnt!

  18. I feel like I’m in mourning. Psych can’t end. Psych is the best thing since Monk. Monk lost Sharona but did they end the series!? No, Sharona was replaced by Natalie. Juliet could “meet” someone in Florida and Shawn could find an even more passionate love. This series can’t end. Don’t end the series on account of one person leaving. As Tim Gunn would say “Make it work”!

  19. I never write about tv shows- I absolutely love this show- it is my favorite show on TV. I wish they would not end it OR AT LEAST consider doing an annual MOVIE of Psych. Seriously…..

  20. I hope they come out and say PSYCH! This is not the end.

    Wouldn’t that be great?

    • I keep hoping the same thing !!!

  21. When I heard that Psych might end after season eight I WAS SO DEVISTATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Psych is (haha addicted) my everything, my new favorite word is toungston, but it is only fun to say it twice- death is in the air. I love all the charecters together also because they seem to really like each other on set and off, which makes every show a million times better. PLEASE DO NOT STOP PSYCH

  22. My kids ( who are 12,9,7, and 6) and I love Psych. Its clean and humorous. Prob the best how out. At least family wise. I’m not afraid for my kids to watch it with me. It has become tradition and they get into as much as I do. I hope they continue to make it. We are all excited to continue watching. !!

  23. We’ve been watching Psych for 8 years now, the least they can do is give us another season and to go out with a bang of at least 20 episodes!!

  24. PSYCH THR GREATEST SHOW EVER!!!!! Not only do i say SUCK IT or CMON SON!! Cuz of this show. But this show made me laugh nd wanna keep watching it. I never got into a show like this one. I love everyone on there. Shawn,Gus.laster,joilet,Henry,Chief Vick,woody, nd Desarrollo!! Lol plz keep. it nd replay to this nd tell me what u think

  25. I think the writers of pysch have been dragging the last couple of years. I don’t know if there are different writers or what, but I definitely don’t anticipate next week’s episode like past years

    • I love psych and it should never be finish. There is so much that they can have Shawn and Gus and everyone on the show do. I’ve watched every episode. Hell I watch every replayed show on all the channels that psych comes on. JUST A GREAT SHOW!!!!!!!!!! Keep psych going!!!!!

  26. I have been watching this show for years. I get excited every Wednesday night, because, well Psych is coming on. I know every Wednesday that the psych characters are going to crack me up. My husband also loves the show, he’s right beside me every Wednesday night. He won’t let me watch it without out him! I will miss Psych from the bottom of my heart, i swear I’m tearing up as i write this. WE WILL MISS U SOOO MUCH Psych!

  27. When i heard psych was going off the air i was like “man… Come on son!” Then i cried much like Gus “eeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeh”
    I’ll miss all the great people from psych you all have brought me and my wife much happiness and entertainment i hope to see you all in future shows/movies… ALL of you are GREAT at what you do! We all really hate to see you go!

  28. Juliet is the “Yoko Ono” of psych… i cannot believe psych is ending
    psych is by far one of the funniest shows I’ve ever watched.
    To the USA network:
    Psych started without Juliet O’Hara and can resume without Juliet O’Hara
    … i hate to say it but she is not integral and will quickly be forgotten …
    Do the right thing, keep psych on…
    Psych is one of the few shows which can continue forever because Shawn and Gus’ chemistry works and there is never a dull moment and have become part “of the family”…
    Sad to see it go.. very sad