CBS: 'Hostages' & 'Mom' Are Likely To Be Canceled

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October 1st, 2013

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Our Renew / Cancel Index predicts potential renewal or cancellation for scripted broadcast primetime shows by the end of the 2013-14 season in May, 2014. (includes results from September 16-29, 2013):

Program Status Renew/ Cancel Index
The Good Wife :| :| :| 0.53
Hawaii Five-0 (F) :) :) :) :) 0.56
The Mentalist :| :| :| 0.56
Blue Bloods (F) :) :) :) :) 0.60
Hostages :cry: :cry: 0.63
CSI :) :) :) :) 0.70
Elementary :) :) :) :) 0.74
Person Of Interest :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.81
Mom :cry: :cry: 0.88
2 Broke Girls :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.98
Criminal Minds :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 0.98
Two And A Half Men :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.02
NCIS: Los Angeles :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.05
NCIS :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 1.26
How I Met Your Mother final season 1.30
The Crazy Ones :) :) :) :) 1.37
The Big Bang Theory :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 2.03

Even though it's a "limited series", Hostages would be renewed (just like that other limited series Under The Dome) were its ratings good enough. They aren't. It's likely to be canceled. For you comment thread lawyers, that means "It will not be renewed".

Mom premiered as CBS's lowest rated sitcom, and they always cancel their lowest rated sitcom (and they will, even with HIMYM ending), so for at least this week (until others go lower) it is likely to be canceled.

Unlike the Bubble Watch, the bear's not nearly ready to tap Hawaii Five-0 as likely to be canceled. This could be Hawaii Five-0's final season, but it started better than The Good Wife and even with The Mentalist, and it airs on Friday, which carries a certain ratings forgiveness. The bear wouldn't be surprised if it get lumped together in a group with The Mentalist and The Good Wife where one or two will be canceled, but the bear will puzzle over which, but let's wait and see.

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*shows no longer on the air have their Renew/Cancel Index "frozen" at the point they left the schedule.


  • :oops: - certain to be cancelled by May, 2014
  • :cry: :cry:- more likely to be cancelled than renewed by May, 2014
  • :| :| :| - toss up between renewal or cancellation by May, 2014
  • :) :) :) :) - more likely to be renewed than cancelled by May, 2014
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: - certain to be renewed by May, 2014

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show's new episode adults 18-49 ratings relative to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its own network. It's calculated by dividing a show's new episode Live+Same Day adults 18-49 average rating by the Live+Same Day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show's own network. The network's average ratings in the calculation are not time weighted (ex. hour long shows are not weighted twice what 30 minute shows are).

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays were renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

How have the Renew / Cancel Index Worked Out In Past Seasons? See all the Renew / Cancel Index predicted renewals and cancellations from recent past television seasons.

  • Christian

    @ Tommy M. & Bill Gorman

    Rachelle Lefevre got an outline for a second season when she was hired for the show. That was before it premiered. Under the Dome was assumed by everyone in the public to be a one-time thing, but all the contracts, and everyone involved had talked about a season 2 before even filming. Please stop filling people’s heads with the wrong information.

  • Bill Gorman

    “Rachelle Lefevre got an outline for a second season when she was hired for the show. That was before it premiered. Under the Dome was assumed by everyone in the public to be a one-time thing, but all the contracts, and everyone involved had talked about a season 2 before even filming. Please stop filling people’s heads with the wrong information.”

    What wrong information is that?

  • georgie

    “Hostages” is up against some stiff competition in its time slot, but I think it’s also suffering a bit of “Under the Dome” blowback. We were told it would be a limited series and I for one watched it because I thought it would be a certain number of episodes and done – we’d get a conclusion and it was already written and in the can. Then CBS got greedy and the show was just a joke. “Hostages” is a rather good show with a strong cast. I couldn’t see it going longer than a limited run without turning soap opera stupid, but I just hope CBS will stick with it and air the whole thing.

  • Christian

    @ Bill Gorman
    The staff and users here are repeatedly saying “Under the Dome” was a limited series, mini-series, or a one-time thing before it got awesome ratings. That is wrong. Even before the show premiered, they were all planning and hoping for a three-season run. It was never intended to be a one-time thing. In fact, one of the executive producers even said something along the lines of “We end the first season on a cliffhanger, and we have yet to receive a confirmation of a second season, but we are counting on one, and crossing our fingers.”

    So I beg you and the others, please just stop with this nonsense that it was just a one-time thing. It was a summer show this summer, still is for next summer, and was always planned to be one no matter how long it airs.

  • charlotte mustain

    iwatched Mom and i Didn’t like it they are making fun of people with drinking problem and people with drug problem. it is not a good show for kids to watch. Alos i am getting tired of the nasty mouth on Max on 2 Broke girls. every time she opens her mouth something nasty comes out. and i am getting tired of hearing how poor caroline is Really. and another thing after watching We Are Men. Jerry O’Connell please leave your shirt on. you don’t have the body. If you to see someone with his shirt off that i thinks looks just fine watch Hawaii 5-0 Alex O’Loughlin looks alot better with his shirt off than you do.

  • shogun


    I wouldn’t count on Hannibal being cancelled. The show is super cheap to make thanks to it’s international deal.

  • Jon

    @Christian……under the dome was billed as exactly what it was a limited series. 13 episodes were ordered and no more. A limited series typically taps out at 12 or 13 episodes. It doesn’t mean it cant be renewed. Nobody who writes for this site ever claimed it was a mini series.

  • kpk001

    Suggestion: make the frowns their own unique color.

  • Jan

    I really like Hawaii 5-0 and The Good Wife. I also am now into Hostages. It’s only a 15 episode show – why all the talk of cancelling it?

    They could cancel ALL the sitcoms for all I care – they’re junk. My only hope would be if they DO cancel Hostages, they put H50 back in its original slot.

    The Mentalist has been on way too long. And just a comment I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. NCIS is supposed to be the “most watched” show on TV but not, in all the time its been on, have I ever talked to ANYBODY who watches it. Why do they always want to cancel my favorite shows??????

  • awesome-49

    Don’t cancel Elementary or The Mentalist those are the only cbs shows that I like that didn’t have a certain to be renewed that I liked. You can cancel anything else that wasn’t certain to be renewed but them. I mean come on The Mentalist is doing pretty well considering it got moved to Sundays last year and its number didn’t fall horribly and Elementary is just a great show that should be able to at least make it to a syndication.

  • Elijah

    I hope Criminal Minds can make it to atleast 11 seasons, hopefully 12+ seasons! 15 would be amazing! 20 is better!

  • Kat


    The Good Wife would have to be *extremely* lucky to get a seventh season. There is next to zero chance of this happening. It might squeak out a sixth season if CBS decides to cancel another of their bubble shows instead, but it would next to impossible to pull that off for a *seventh* season.

    Also, technically it is still getting Emmy nominations, but these are few and far between and it isn’t getting nominated in the major categories anymore. CBS is not going to continue to look the other way for years and years no matter how much the fans love it. It doesn’t have the prestige it used to, and it continues to perform on iffy territory. CBS doesn’t love the show to ignore all other factors at stake and keep it on the air forever.

  • Irene

    I never liked Hawaii 50. I thought it was a dumb remake. The original is on and was better quality, even though dated.

    I liked Hostages but I am wondering if it will sustain. Didn’t realize it was doing that poorly in ratings.

    I think it is hard to compete these days.


    @ Irene

    I think you couldn’t be more right about it being hard to compete these days

    People have such different tastes — I grew up watching the Original 5-0, yet I MUCH prefer this remake. I LOVE the family dynamic of the team and it is much more than a straight procedural like the original was.

    And as for Hostages, I really wanted to like it, but I barely made it through the pilot episode…….

  • Dan

    @Shogun – No matter how cheap Hannibal is to make, if it does not improve, NBC will cancel it. The series did only OK but it got the old faith renewal that midseason shows often get, Body of Proof, Happy Endings, Apartment 23, Touch, Smash, are all examples of these midseason renewals. The show doesn’t do amazingly in season 1 so it gets a second chance. Third chances are rarer if the shows do not improve.

  • AwesomeAndrew

    I bet if Chuck Lorre’s Mom got cancelled that would make Charlie Sheen’s day, especially with his low rated Anger Management renewed.

  • Doug

    @Dan – CBS going from a mid 3 average last fall to a mid 2 on Monday is huge cause for concern. A 2.2 for Moms is bad. A 2.4 for 2BG is bad, considering that it was doing a point more last fall. That’s a pretty alarming loss. I stand by my original statement – CBS is experimenting with the 8 sitcom block about a season beyond when it really should have. But CBS is not typically on the cutting edge, so it’s not surprising that they’re getting bit in the ass for it.

  • Dan

    @Doug – The loss in viewership is not surprising. The monday shows were nearing low 3.0s high 2.0s near last year. With the exception of HIMYM with of course is doing well because the mother has been revealed. Everything else is just dropping (Probably bcause of the Voice, Sleepy Hollow and renewed DWTS interest). I don’t think the monday drop has anything to do with CBS expanding Thursday because they didn’t send a Monday show to Thursday (however benching Mike & Molly didn’t help)

    My argument is that last year when Partners flopped it wasn;t the entire CBS lineup. On November 12, 2012 HIMYM got 3.0, Partners got 1.8, 2 Broke Girls got 3.2, it was clear what the weak link was.

    However last Monday HIMYM got 3.1, We Are Men got 2.0, 2BG got 2.4 and Mom got 2.2. This being the case shows that its CBS’s entire lineup that needs retooling and not just one show. What CBS should do is put in Mike & Molly at 8:30 replacing the weakest show We Are Men and keep Mom for a full season. Many see Mom as a flop but remember a 2.2 out of a 2.4 isn’t bad. I think by January CBS will do a lot better on Mondays without The Voice.

  • jessie

    i wish cbs had taken a change on super clyde.

  • ReallyTired


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