Tonight, the first season of Hunted comes to a close, and that leads to other questions … including that of a Hunted season 2 premiere.
Over the weekend, we wrote a piece detailing that the odds of a season 2 renewal were high given that the show’s ratings were steady, and there are already casting notices out there. Casting doesn’t guarantee anything, but if casting directors come to CBS with a pool of great people, that sweetens the deal.
For this article, the subject we’re speaking of specifically is one related to when the show could come back. Given that filming for the second season would likely occur over the summer pending current estimates, that gives the network all sorts of options. Theoretically, they could opt to air it in the fall if post-production is complete. Sunday nights could be a good spot for it since NFL audiences are tend to into high-octane programming. We don’t expect it to be anywhere near where it was after the AFC Championship Game, but it could work within that lineup alongside NCIS: Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, there’s an easy / obvious case to be made for keeping the show firmly where it is in the winter, given that it fits nicely between seasons of Survivor and helps to keep the ratings for the network steady in that spot. Without using the NFL as a lead-in, you could also choose to launch it a little earlier if need be and not push back the Survivor premiere as far as it was this season. We prefer to reduce as many two-hour episodes of the two shows as possible since the one-hour format works best for the sake of giving everyone involved their due.
Another option could of course be moving the show to summer, where CBS needs a hit other than Big Brother. What we don’t love about this idea is that it means Commander Clark wouldn’t be shouting out orders until summer 2018. At that point, we may start to feel delirious, as though we’ve been on the run ourselves for weeks on end.
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