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The Real Reason 'Manifest' Was Cancelled

Lindsay Cronin - Author

Jul. 6 2021, Published 8:26 a.m. ET

Manifest viewers were left on the edges of their seats with burning questions when the third season of the NBC drama series concluded last month. But unfortunately for the show's fans, they may never get the answers they are looking for in regard to the storylines of the show's characters.

While the series did well in the ratings, capturing over 5 million viewers each week, on average, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Manifest was canceled by the network in June.

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Viewership On 'Manifest' Was Declining

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As Digital Spy explained to readers last month, a potential fourth season has been taken off the table by NBC, even though the series' creator, Jeff Rake had planned to share the cast's stories over six seasons.

Although Manifest seemed to be doing well in the ratings during its third season on NBC, the trajectory wasn't good. After all, season one of the show was capturing an average of 12.61 million viewers per week, via Deadline, and season two dropped to just 7.70 million viewers, via The Hollywood Reporter, the following year.

A Fourth Season Of 'Manifest' Is Highly Unlikely

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Following NBC's official confirmation regarding the cancellation of Manifest, there was hope amongst fans that Netflix would ultimately pick up the series for a fourth season. However, after Deadline reported that there were "lengthy conversations and deliberations," the idea was allegedly canned.

According two the report, it is highly unlikely that the show will ever be seen in a fourth season because of "a maze of digital rights," as well as the fact that all of the cast's contracts expired on the day after the series was canceled and the fact that the cast contracts expired the day after the series was dropped.

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The 'Manifest' Cast Was Devastated By The Cancelation

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In addition to Rake actively tweeting the "Save Manifest" hashtag on Twitter, cast member Melissa Roxburghtweeted in support of the show's return.

Josh Dallas also expressed disappointment

"Well, my [Manifesters], I’m sorry to say that it’s the end of the line for now. We are so proud to have brought you this story over [three] seasons. We so wished we could’ve finished the journey with you. But it wasn’t in the cards," he tweeted. "Thanks to our incredible EP’s, producers, writers, directors, stunning cast and the best damn crew in the business. Thanks to [Warner Bros TV] and [NBC] for giving us a home. And lastly, thank you to the fans who embraced [Manifest] and these characters and flew with us on [Flight 828]. I love you all… onwards! Ben Stone, out."

Jeff Rake Is Hunting For A New Home For 'Manifest'

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As for Rake, he shared a statement as well, admitting that he was completely devastated by the sudden end of his show and confirming plans to search for a new home for the series.

"My dear Manifesters," he wrote, "I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us. That we’ve been shut down in the middle is a gut punch to say the least. Hoping to find a new home. You the fans deserve an ending to your story. Thanks for the love shown to me, cast, and crew."


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