‘Manifest’ Tops Netflix US Streaming Charts As Cancelled NBC Series Searches For New Home
The cancelled NBC series ‘Manifest‘ is still showing some signs of life, as the aeroplane passenger-based mystery drama is currently sat at the top of Netflix in the USA.
‘Manifest’ was cancelled this week by NBC after three seasons, much to the annoyance of both fans, and creator/showrunner Jeff Rake who had already laid out plans for a six-season story arc. “My dear Manifesters, I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us,” commented Rake on Twitter last night. “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. #savemanifest.”
However, a week prior to NBC cancelling the series, Netflix struck a deal with WBTV, who make the drama, to began streaming the first two seasons in a second-run window on the streaming service in the USA. ‘Manifest’ quickly rose to the number one spot, and stayed there, even after news of the cancellation landed, which is an interesting sign…
According to reports, WBTV are now in discussions with Netflix about whether they would be interested in continuing the drama for a 4th (and potentially more) seasons. Not to give anyone false hope, these negotiations are usually quite tricky, as they have to figure out how financially viable this would be to do. However, Netflix and WBTV do have some history of this, in the form of a little series called ‘Lucifer’. The Tom Ellis fronted drama ran for two seasons on FOX before they cancelled it, leading to Netflix swooping in, and making it a massive hit for the streaming service, eventually running it for six seasons.
Whilst it is very early days, this is somewhat encouraging to see the series still sat at the top of Netflix’s chart in the USA. As it did with ‘Lucifer’, it will likely take a while for the streamer and WBTV to figure out if there is a viable option there for ‘Manifest’, but it does give a glimmer of hope that fans may see Montego Air Flight 828 take to the skies again!
‘Manifest‘ 3rd (and currently, final) Season is due to land in July 2021 on Sky One. Seasons 1 and 2 are available now via Sky One Demand and the NOW streaming service in the UK.