New Show Hit/Miss Winter 2017 - Ransom

With the winter edition of new show hit/miss, I am now moving on to CBS, beginning with Ransom.

What May Cause Ransom to be a Hit?

Lead-in for premiere
Ransom gets a football-boosted 60 Minutes as its lead-in when it premieres on January 1st. These large lead-in means many viewers will get a chance to try out Ransom, some of which could stick around when the show begins regularly airing on Saturdays beginning January 7.

Familiar enough for the CBS audience
The CBS audience likes police procedurals, and not much else. The most recent successes on the network, however, have been Bull and Scorpion, both of which are procedurals, though the former is a legal procedural, and the latter centers on a company working with Homeland Security. These two shows are near police procedurals, but not quite there. Ransom is a police procedural, but it centers on kidnappings, while many police procedurals focus on murders. This makes it different, but familiar enough to the CBS audience.

Lack of competition
Unlike on other days of the week, Ransom doesn't have many shows going up against it. It will have to compete with Dateline, FOX reruns, and, beginning later in January, basketball on the broadcast networks. This competition is much easier to go up against than the usual.

What May Cause Ransom to be a Miss for CBS?

Lack of promotion
Ransom? That's a show? This is something many viewers may be wondering. CBS has not released a minutes long trailer like usual for the show at this time, which is one and a half weeks before the premiere. A 30-second promo was released by CBS on December 13, and another on December 19. I have watched two shows live on CBS in their last week of originals, Bull and Scorpion, and Ransom was never promoted during Bull, and only promoted once during Scorpion. The awareness for this show, as a result, is likely very low.

Having to self-start
CBS could have aired Ransom at 9:00, giving it a lead-in of a rerun of one of their shows. Instead, Ransom's lead-in is local programming. This means there are likely very few viewers who will be watching CBS before Ransom premieres that decide to stick around when Ransom comes on.

What to Expect for Ransom?

I think that the biggest factor here is the lack of promotion, though the lead-in for the premiere could help some. Ratings will likely have to be quite low for CBS to cancel Ransom, considering how low expectations are on Saturday, and how cheap the show is being an international co-production, but it could rate low enough for that.

What factors do you think will cause Ransom to be a hit or a miss? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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