The Case to Renew NBC’s Still-on-the-Bubble ‘Manifest’ – and the Case for Cancellation

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Will a fourth season of “Manifest” have an on-time arrival next season, or will the NBC drama be grounded following Thursday’s Season 3 finale? We’re still waiting for the canceled-or-renewed fates of “Manifest” as well as another NBC series, “Good Girls.” With the two-part finale of “Manifest” touching down last night, TheWrap did some research to make the case for either option. This September-to-May season, “Manifest” tied for 47th out of about 200 broadcast TV series with an average 0.9 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen. That includes one week of (mostly) DVR viewing, but does not include streaming viewership. “Manifest” ranked 62nd in total viewers with 5.347 million, just ahead of ABC’s one-and-done drama “Rebel.” That’s worse, especially when you consider that CW shows occupy most of the bottom quarter of the Nielsen rankings. The actual Season 3 finale episode aired outside our May cutoff. Another ominous sign: This season’s numbers are way down from where “Manifest” started, when the passengers and crew of Montego Air Flight 828 mysteriously returned five years after they were feared dead when the commercial airliner disappeared. (The show stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise,...

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