Which shows won't make it back?
SHOW: "Hostages" (CBS)
IN ITS FAVOR: Yes, "Hostages" was a dud, but it was a CONSISTENT dud. It premiered low, but its ratings barely varied for 14 episodes. In a climate in which avoiding gradual slides is a rarity, especially for serialized dramas, "Hostages" lathered, rinsed and repeated every Monday night. In addition, much more than most of CBS' procedurals, "Hostages" was a DVR success, getting a 67 percent bump in the 18-49 demo and a 50 percent bump overall in Live+7 figures. It's not a good argument for renewal, but it's a different argument than anything else CBS has.
AGAINST IT: CBS does not renew shows that average 5.1 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, no matter how repeatable that audience may be.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: It was very nice of CBS to let "Hostages" play out its entire run. The network could have programmed "NCIS" repeats for November and December and gotten better numbers. But come on... "Hostages" is done.
FINAL VERDICT: Cancelled.