Hostages: Season One Ratings

Hostages TV show on CBS: canceled or renewed?CBS is advertising Hostages as a “limited series” with 15 episodes. If the ratings are poor, will it be cancelled before they all air? Or, if it’s a big hit, will they find a way to make a second season? Time will tell.

On Hostages, the lives of a prominent surgeon’s family are threatened by terrorists who want her to kill the President of the United States. The cast of this thriller includes Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, James Naughton, Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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5/10 update: CBS has officially cancelled Hostages after one season and 15 episodes.

Final season averages: 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.09 million total viewers.

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These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Hostages TV series? Do you think it should end after one season or return with the same or different characters?

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  1. Jack Stewart says

    The wife and I watch very little TV but became big fan’s of this “Hostage” series and feel its the best we have seen on TV in years. I have some ideals for the future but I am sure the writers could easily come up with a new plot to keep it going, while keeping most of the primary staff. I am sure there is a lot of corruption going on both in and out of the White House they could use.

  2. Rosemary says

    CBS: Hostages is sophisticated, well written and has a very talented cast. Because of scheduling conflicts, I just started watching this show two weeks ago. During the past two days, I started viewing it via CBS’s website. So far, I seen Episodes 1 (the Pilot) through 6. Its story line is riveting. Please don’t kill the show. Keep in mind how well Breaking Bad did for six seasons. Hostages could outperform other such hits if given a fair chance.

  3. MJ says

    Though I’ve written before, I note some recent shifting personal motivations, shifting allegiances and sped-up plot developments that are ridiculously implausible at best. I gather it’s to be expected in light of an obvious rush job in face of early cancellation. It’s unfortunate they didn’t employ some of this creative imagination earlier in the series. Moreover, in what appears to be some hasty writing, the most recent episode features some of the least-riveting, on-the-nose dialogue I’ve seen in any major TV series. And one more matter, what’s with the residential home with bedroom key-lock on the outside. Good grief?

  4. Joe says

    Hostages is a great show! The problem with the ratings system is. That people don’t watch shows when they are being aired. They DVR shows these days. Or watch them on HULU or other online streaming sites. Which I’m not sure how those people are counted in the ratings percentage. But I have a feeling they are NOT! Plus, Hostages is a new show. That is on the same day of the week. At the same time as “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” How about putting it on a different day or time and see how well it does?

    • Izzie says

      I can’t agree with you more. Toni Colette was completely miscast and her acting has been flat in every episode. I wanted to like this show so, so much, as I love Tate Donovan (loved Deception). Each week, I think the show gets campier and the actors just go through the motions. I didn’t even last through the entire episode last night because it has become a chore to watch.

    • oregon123 says

      what? you don’t like the bangs of strawberry blonde?

      what about her oversized mouth? I love her facial expressions because they are sooo overdone!

      but she IS the show to me – I dig her!!!

      the last show that I liked was 666 – 666 was cool and creepy and had just enough sci-fi to keep you thinking it is develish stuff in the real world

      hostages gets a little stale…. and then bam! another hard core killing — but I’m afraid its going to turn sappy between Toni & Dillon and it will lose its edge

      or it will get ‘Russian’ will all the cliches and suckithard

      I wish they would have ended this series (fall) and then brought in a brand new plot with new characters for the winter

      also, I hate the dad – he is a putz, I hate the boy – he is fg, there needs to be a crazy uncle who lives in a cabin who will come in and be all about kicking a$$ like schwartznegger or rambo

  5. andree says

    I love the suspence and the drama this show offers. I believe in the actors and would be very disapointed if it were to be cancelled. I look forwad to it every week

  6. Jim says

    Sorry but the only ppl watching this garbage are the ppl that R being held hostage, and can not change the channel. After the beat the lie detector by believing in yourself senseless plot line I thought this is grade school writing. Let this show RIP!

  7. Angie says

    CBS please don’t cancel Hostages!!! I think this is a great show and would love to have a season 5! The connection between Dylan & Toni are perfect! The problem I see with the ratings is that 11 million ppl are watching The Voice and right after is The Blacklist. I think this is killing the ratings for Hostages.

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