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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  1. says

    I found this show boring and not worthy of re-commissioning. It had no interest and no concerns with the characters. There should always be some intrinsic concern about the major characters and there was none here. It should give way to something more original

  2. Tonya Johnson says

    Im upset that their ratings was low… I loved the show
    Me and my family watch it everyyyyyy Monday at 10:00pm
    I miss the show… I miss the show alot… Please im begging yall
    From the bottom of my heart bring Hostages Back pleasssssssse

    • Anonymous says

      I absolutely love love love this show!! You have to bring it back! I looked forward to it every Monday night. It was such a great show and every episode was amazing. Each time an episode ended I couldn’t wait to watch the next one. I can’t understand low ratings either? Maybe the time slot? But still out of all the other shows that came on during this time I’d pick Hostages no matter what! Love the show! :) please bring it back!

  3. Lynn says

    This series so well done. I think audience thought there was no was to catch up – and no way to continue till next year. We need good well written shows – so get your publicists on the ball, and sell it for another season.

  4. Kay says

    Really enjoyed Hostages. I think the time slot hurt the show’s chance of gaining viewers. Would love to see the sow come back for a second season.

  5. Anita says

    I love the show and hope they bring it back. I am sure it was in the wrong time slot to have received such low ratings!

  6. says

    Hostages came on at the same time as Castle & BlackList. Most of my friends found it very difficult to decide which show to watch &/or record. If you have a DVR, at least the one I have, you can only record two shows at a time. You can choose to watch one of the shows you’re recording, so that you can pause it if you’re interrupted & continue watching after the interruption, or choose to record two shows while watching a previously recorded show. Saves a ton of time & no commercials unless you want them. My cable co. has the ability to watch missed shows the next day. This works great for some people, but with todays’ busy schedules, a lot of people have to choose what 1-2 shows to watch cause there isn’t enough hours in a week. I recorded the Hostages & Castle while watching a previously recorded show, watch Blacklist the next day. If they don’t re-new Hostages for a 2nd season, hopefully, they will do a 2-4 hour mini-series to properly wrap it up for fans like me. I HATE WHEN A SHOW KEEPS YOU HANGIN!!! PLEASE WRAP IT UP OR CONTINUE THE SERIES!!!!!

  7. Eve says

    Sounds good, Dylan! I loved the show also; could never understand low ratings; had to be the time slot! I was not ready for show to end each week. Surprised that I tivo’d show each week and found it not there suddenly! Like to at least know how Ellen outsmarts everyone since it appeared to be heading that way….Bring it back in different time slot?

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