CBS Moves 'Intelligence' Premiere to Tuesday January 7; 'Hostages' Finale to Air Monday, January 6

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November 12th, 2013


Note: Intelligence was originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, February 24.

via press release:



New Action Thriller, Starring Josh Holloway, to Launch with Special Preview on

Tuesday, Jan. 7, Following an Original Episode of “NCIS”


Moves to Regular Monday 10:00 PM Time Period on Jan. 13


CBS announced today the new premiere date for the action thriller INTELLIGENCE, which will have a special preview on Tuesday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) following an original episode of NCIS. It will premiere in its regular Monday (10:00-11:00PM, ET/PT) time period on Jan. 13.


INTELLIGENCE stars Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid.  He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. In her highly anticipated return to network television, Marg Helgenberger stars as Lillian Strand, the Director of the elite government cyber-security agency who supports Gabriel and oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol.


INTELLIGENCE also stars Michael Rady, John Billingsley and PJ Byrne.  Michael Seitzman, Tripp Vinson and Barry Schindel are the executive producers for ABC Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.


HOSTAGES will finish its 15 episode season with a special two-hour season finale on Monday, Jan. 6 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

  • Freddy Arrow


    “I think CBS would be better served keeping Intelligence on Tuesdays permanently. NCIS-LA should be able to pull high 1s/ low 2s on Mondays even out of the weak Mom lead-in”

    I agree. Intelligence seems destined to fail and not do much better than Hostages if left to struggle Mondays at 10.

  • Ultima

    The “2.0 rating” refers to households, or HH.

    No, Hostages is averaging a 2.0 Adults 18-49 rating.

    How is its average a 2.0 if it always gets below that?

    Season averages use Most Current ratings, which is Live+7 (except for the two to three most recent weeks, which are Live+SD); they include all regular airings (even repeats).

  • Ultima

    I guess it’ll be the only CBS Monday show running originals. I doubt the rest of the line-up has enough originals to air in Jan and Feb sweeps.

    CBS probably won’t air originals of their Monday shows against the Winter Olympics, so one of those episodes will air the final Monday in January. Subsequently, Intelligence should air with new programming for its first five episodes, be off for two weeks in February, then air with originals for the next two weeks (after that it’s a matter of how many episodes it has relative to the sitcoms).


    freddy arrow no way is cbs going to breakup its ncis winning team, the new ncis new Orleans also maybe on tues also

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    It should get some eyeballs on it airing after NCIS!

  • thesnowleopard

    Maybe I’m biased because I absolutely loved the Canadian show of the same name from a few years back, but the premise for “Intelligence” sounds really stupid.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Not sure what it is, but I think this will be a rare midseason success story for CBS.


    Sometimes quality should trump ratings


    As for Intelligence it would have a better chance if it remained after NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles

    NCIS: Internet

  • robert

    This show will be way better than that Hostages garbage. I think it is CBS’s best new show of the season.


    No real surprise, but think it’s a smart move. Intelligence shoul be able to do better than Hostages (one would hope) but against The Blacklist & the Olympics it’s a tough road ahead. Good Luck!

  • Cerebro

    I’m glad “Hostages” is being allowed to finish it’s run. I’ve been enjoying it. I’m disappointed that it just couldn’t find an audience. Let’s stop fooling ourselves, CBS. It won’t be getting a second season.

    I’m pulling for “Intelligence”. I hope it does well and breaks CBS’s midseason curse. If I’m not mistaken, the last new midseason scripted series that CBS brought back for a second season was “The Unit” (which was back in 2006). So they’re long overdue.

    I myself agreeing with some of the other responses, here. Moving “NCIS: Los Angeles” to Monday could be a better move for the network. It’s strong enough to stand on it’s own and would be more durable competition against “The Blacklist” and “Castle”. “Intelligence” could, certainly, work on Tuesdays. From the get-go, it looked like it could pair well with “Person Of Interest”. Guess we’ll see how the Monday time slot works out.

  • Ultima

    I’m pulling for “Intelligence”. I hope it does well and breaks CBS’s midseason curse. If I’m not mistaken, the last new midseason scripted series that CBS brought back for a second season was “The Unit” (which was back in 2006). So they’re long overdue.

    Drama – The Unit (2006)

    Sitcom – Rules of Engagement (2007)

    Reality – Undercover Boss (2010)

  • Cerebro


    Yes, I remembered “Undercover Boss”. That’s why I said “scripted”. I forgot about RoE being a midseason debut. Still, it’s been a while.

  • grey

    “They lost me at “super-computer microchip in his brain”. SeeBS indeed.”


  • Why Watch

    Previews yesterday did not impress.

  • Stylish

    I think Hostages will surprisingly be renewed. It seems to get a lot of hate for some reason.

  • Ike

    I’m surprised they’re not burning off the last two episodes of Hostages on Dec. 23 and 30. HUT levels are low then, but so what? Why bother waiting until Jan. 6?

  • Fakeem

    Thank you Ike. I was thinking the same thing.

  • omabin


    Mike and Molly’s episode count is also off from the other sitcoms by 7 episodes I think. My guess is that CBS airs TBBT repeats at 9h30 those weeks sandwched between MM and Intelligence originals. Airing repeats of Mom sandwiched between two originals is awkward I think, not to mention a poor lead-in for Intelligence.

  • Flashmlj

    Getting into the show more now.Very intense.

  • HalCapone

    Great show or not, this has failure written all over it on many levels. Debuting a new 10pm show is perilous enough but one with a science fiction theme on the oldest skewing network in the world up against some tough competition should give this a quick and painless death, in spite of Josh Holloway. The post NCIS debut should return respectable curiosity ratings in the range of NCIS LA (mid 2’s) but fall quickly from there in its new death slot.

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