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Hostages: Has the CBS Show Been Cancelled?

Hostages on CBS canceled?CBS has just released details about the two hour finale of Hostages but refer to it as just a “season finale” instead of a “series finale.” Does that mean that the “limited series” is coming back for a second season?

On Hostages, Toni Collette plays Ellen Sanders, a doctor who’s set to perform a fairly rudimentary surgical procedure on the President (James Naughton). When a group of men (led by Dylan McDermott) invade her home and take her family hostage, she’s faced with a lose-lose decision. If she doesn’t cause the President to die on the operating table, the terrorists will kill her family. The cast also includes Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.

The Monday night drama got off to a mediocre start in the ratings, drawing a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.41 million total viewers. In week two, the numbers fell more than 16% and they’ve essentially kept falling ever since. Last month, it hit a new low with a 1.0 demo rating and 4.5 million viewers.

The network touted Hostages as a “limited series” from the start but, had the show been a success, they surely would have found a way to bring it back in some form.

How? Well, we don’t need to worry about that. Unfortunately for fans of the show, there’s virtually no chance that CBS will bring Hostages back next year. The ratings are just too low.

Hopefully, the producers knew the show won’t be back and have prepared a very satisfying ending.

[Possible Spoiler:] The two-hour season (series) finale airs on January 6th at 9pm. The episodes are titled “Suspicious Minds” and “Endgame” and are described this way: “After Duncan discovers Sandrine’s betrayal, he decides to use her to save Nina and Sawyer. Also, just before Ellen is to operate on the President, the First Lady confronts her and forces Ellen to tell the truth about the assassination plot.”

What do you think? Do you like Hostages? Do you think it should be brought back somehow? Why do you think that more people didn’t tune in?

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mc December 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

Another intelligent and intriguing show is being taken off the air. I guess which Kardashian is getting a divorce next or the nail biting intrigue of wondering whether Honey Boo Boo will eventually go the Anna Nicole Smith way is more thought provoking.

Come on networks!!!!! Give us viewers a little bit more credit……


Linda December 18, 2013 at 3:19 am

I really enjoy Hostages. I missed the first episode. I watched first episode of blacklist and didn’t like it. Lame reality shows seem to be what people like. Networks are catering to the youth.


Paul December 18, 2013 at 12:25 am

I agree with everything said in this thread. However I think it was A good idea for the how to have been advertised as a “limited” series and it come to an end because it would just become TOO unbelievable if the President continued to NOT have the urgery And the show would just drag on nd on with nothing more major ever happening. I will miss it and the cting was stellar! All I hope for now is a satisfying ending and also one that makes total sense and not too far-fetched.


Gargy December 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I LOVE this show… What can we do to make sure it comes back? CBS don’t give up on it yet. One of my favorite new shows..


mary December 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Hostage is a great show. The network should air it at a different time than line it up in the same time frame as The Blacklist. Show it an hour earlier and the rating will increase. The plot is good and suspenseful for some of us.


mary December 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Hostage is a great show! I like the plot and the characters. The network made the mistake of lining it up with the Blacklist. Different time and the show could be a real hit.


Walker is real December 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This show has been good. Better than other shows on Monday @ 10pm like Castle or News or The Sing Off. The Blacklist I feel was the reason Hostages fell. It has had its ups and downs but what show hasnt. I feel past 2 weeks has been amazing!


Susan White December 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

What a shame this series is not returning. We have always recorded it and I do not know if that shows up in the ratings. It is intriguing and written well. Unfortunately, everything we enjoy is taken off the air and a lame reality show is put on. It definitely tells me the networks are catering to kids. We also enjoy Betrayal , understand that is going off as well. Sad.


mary December 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I agree with you,Susan. What is with all these reality shows. I will miss Betrayal. Love S Townsend..and the chemistry between him…and Sara. Great cast also.


Buffy December 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I agree – Hostages was an excellent series and very well acted, but again, an intelligent show bites the dust. The networks just seem to be crazy about those stupid reality shows that are so boring. Why don’t they give reality shows a network of their own so they can all be on one network. Another disappointment for the viewers who are deprived of watching an intelligent series.


mary December 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I wish Betrayal was coming back on abc !!!!!


Leah Fowlar December 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I thoroughly enjoy this series. If they had it not set across from The Blacklist I think it would be a big success


mary December 18, 2013 at 12:25 am

the same for Betrayal….it has low ratings but will finish. It is a limited series also.
It was up against The Mentalist….and also that darned Sunday night football. Tough competition. Betrayal is my favorite show on tv now.


bert December 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

this is a good tv show and should be renewed in some form


MJ December 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I’ve watched every episode. Through early episodes, countless hours were exhausted with little in plot development. Rating declines bore this our. After the most recent (12-16-12) episode, I observed substantial shifting allegiances, personal motivation and sped-up plot turns that seemed to me to be implausible at best. I gather this might be expected in light of a rush job in the face of an early, likely cancellation. It’s unfortunate they didn’t employ some of this creative imagination earlier in the series. I think it could have worked. Even so, this last episode featured some of the least-riveting, on-the-nose dialogue I’ve seen all season.


Matt December 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

The show has gotten way better as the weeks have gone by but I can see it going past this season


Kathi December 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

What an interesting turn of events. If it’s on next year, I’ll watch it!


T December 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Watched one episode when it started…lame. At least this one can go.


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