Coming as no surprise, NBC has renewed its sci fi drama Manifest for a second season. That series started out in Fall 2018 as one of the top-rated shows on television, though its numbers did slide as the season progressed. But it still performed well in the Monday 10 PM EST hour and regularly saw significant increases from delayed viewing. The broadcast networks still tend to base their renewal / cancellation decisions more on the same day numbers (no matter what they tell you), but Manifest regularly placed in the Top 10 / 20 among broadcast net shows based on Live+7 viewing, and it’s hard to justify not renewing a show performing that well in the current Peak TV crunch environment. Word broke earlier this year that Manifest had been unofficially renewed for its second season, and this announcement makes that official. The first season consisted of sixteen episodes and the second will be around that number or less because the networks prefer to go with a lower ep counts for heavily serialized dramas like this one. Expect the show to return to NBC’s schedule in Fall 2019.
Manifest focuses on the passengers and crew of Flight 828 which disappears for five years then mysteriously returns. For those aboard the plane, only a few hours has passed while the rest of the world thought they had been lost for the past five years. In addition, those from the plane start to experience mysterious “callings” and this ability attracts the attention of a secret government organization. It stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J. R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, and Jack Messina and is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis.
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