Why was Manifest canceled by NBC?

Manifest Season 4 isn’t yet happening, although we have hope that it will be saved. Why did NBC cancel Manifest in the first place?

The fight to save Manifest continues. There’s no way any of us are ready to see this show come to an end. Not only did the third season leave us with far too many questions we need answers to, but this show was originally pitched as a six-season show. It’s clear that there’s a lot more still to come, and shouldn’t a show get to go out on its own terms and tell the full tale?

While NBC originally canceled it, the network is reconsidering the show. Even Netflix is reconsidering not saving the series. It looks like the cries are being heard, although we’re still waiting for the good news.

Understanding why it was canceled in the first place is important. Why didn’t the Josh Dallas-led series land a fourth season right away?

Manifest: Season 1 (SD) ($)

Was it all to do with Manifest‘s live ratings?

Most of the time, it’s to do with how a show is performing in the live ratings. However, this isn’t a show that was performing all that terribly.

In fact, it was doing better than quite a few shows that had been renewed by the network, including New Amsterdam and The Blacklist. So, why would NBC cancel the show?

The ratings just weren’t good enough for the cost of the series. This is one of the most expensive shows on TV, which is why there was the look at moving it to a streamer. It’s the reason why Timeless was canceled a few years ago, too.

If NBC and Netflix work together, it could help to distribute the costs of the show. This could be the way to keep it on the air.

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What did you think of Manifest? Are you fighting to save the series? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Manifest Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix, with Season 3 available on Peacock and Hulu.