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

Categories: Cancel/Renew CBS Shows,Cancel/Renew Index

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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.

  • Jenna Leigh

    I hope Mom is one of those shows that’s cancelled after a few episode. Seriously they should have named it “Trailer Trash” instead of “Mom”

  • DanOregon

    Suddenly it doesn’t look good for CBS with their non-NCIS hour dramas. They used to just be able to plug another one in, after five years are up – now they have too many leaking shows than spots available on Friday to eke out another year.

  • a p garcia

    If Hostages can maintain a 1.5 I think it will survive it limited run but it will not survive another season.

  • Barbara

    Please do not cancel “Mom”. The show is hysterical ! Me and my family laugh without stopping. The actors work well together! Give it a chance!


    Hostages is done

    Remember, CBS didn’t really add dramas this season, just Hostages (which is only for the fall) and Intelligence which may or may not work…if it works then the Mentalist is toast as H5O/Blue Bloods/Good Wife are CBS owned…if Intelligence fails than it is still possible for the Mentalist to be axed but it still may be saved.

    CSI will have one more season

    Mom will survive as CBS and ole’ chuck Lorre have a great relationship.

    I see Criminal Minds sliding to the 10pm slot on Wednesdays pushing CSI to either Sunday or Monday

    2.5 Men IMO may end this season, I think The Crazy Ones will make it to next season and the Millers is iffy depending on how it does in the coming weeks…I will say that the Millers is a better fit with 2 Broke Girls than BBT

  • Steven

    Hostages is horrible, the whole concept is just stupid!

  • NancyNP

    TGW is a great show. TGW did earn an Emmy for best guest star. Can anyone name another CBS show to win an EMMY?

  • JLBoston

    HOSTAGES IS GREAT! No dull down time, much more exciting than Silence of the Blacklist!

  • Asshii

    didnt like 7 million people watch the CBS show “Mom” and it is going to be cancelled ????

  • shogun


    I think Elementary won one for main title design.

  • pa3k

    What about Renew/Cancel Index today??????

    Way NO info about today Renew/Cancel Index???????

  • Mkpnyc

    Just about the worst show ever… Their recipe for high drame? Use dramatic music at high volumes incessantly and make every line seem life or death. Terrible writing. Terrible acting. Oh, and did I mention the music! Terrible!

  • Tim D Enchanter

    Any chance of BONANZA being brought back?

  • Kate

    Hostages is the best show I’ve seen in years! Excellent, well written, well acted, fast paced, exciting! Unfortunately it’s in a bad time slot, competing with Castle.

  • Lily

    How have they not canceled The Good Wife yet? It’s abysmal!
    I understand CBS being ok with the numbers when they were praised by the critics and showered with awards but now they get the token “guest and supporting categories” at the Emmys, just for show and nothing else.

  • Carycomic

    HOSTAGES was initially an interesting premise. But, by the time the whole family tried to escape, I was completely bored. Now, I almost hope the local police SWAT team blows away both the terrorists _and_ the family!

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