Even though the first season of the Ransom TV show did so poorly in the Nielsen ratings that it should have been cancelled, CBS renewed it for a second season, anyhow. The show has a lot of international partners and did well outside the US, so the Tiffany Network decided to pickup season two, and once again air it on Saturday nights. How will the crime drama fare, in its sophomore outing? Will Ransom be cancelled or renewed for season three? If it is renewed, will CBS carry it? Stay tuned.
A CBS mystery thriller from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Nazneen Contractor. The story centers on crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts). He and his team save lives which often seem beyond saving, in part, because Eric understands criminals better than they understand themselves. Exploiting his powers of manipulation, Eric eschews using violence, even in the most dangerous kidnappings and ransom cases. Psych-profiler Oliver Yates (McLaren), former police officer Zara Hallam (Contractor), and investigator Maxine Carlson (Greene) form the team that backs up Beaumont.
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.
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For comparisons: The first season of Ransom on CBS averaged a 0.43 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and 3.457 million viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Ransom TV show? Should this CBS TV series be cancelled or renewed for season three?