Unless a show's getting gangbuster ratings, there's a good chance that networks are going to pause before they decide whether or not to renew it and pause for even longer before determining whether they're going to air it live or put it on one of their streaming platforms.
In June 2021, fans of Manifest had been wondering if NBC would renewed the show or had other plans for the series altogether. So will Manifest return for a fourth season?
Has 'Manifest' been renewed for Season 4?
On June 15, 2021, NBC made the decision not to renew Manifest for Season 4.
The news came after Jeff Rake, the show's creator, stated that he had a six-year plan for the series. According to TV Series Finale, Manifest's numbers have been fluctuating throughout most of Season 3, which in hindsight, should have been a sign the series was on its way out.
Still, viewership hadn't been necessarily bad. Manifest clocked in nearly 4 million viewers for the season premiere, but then the second episode had a significant drop-off, reaching only 3.1 million viewers. By the May 20 episode, viewership had dropped to 2.8 million.
Overall, Season 3 of Manifest averaged 3.1 million viewers. Season 2 averaged 3.9 million. For some comparison, during the same television season, Manifest's numbers were only slightly worse than The Blacklist, which had 3.3 million viewers and was renewed for another season.
However, The Blacklist isn't on NBC's bubble show list. That list is currently composed of Good Girls, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and Manifest. Debris was originally on the list, but the series already got the ax from NBC following its Season 1 finale. Like Manifest, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist has been canceled. Meanwhile, the fate of Good Girls still hangs in the balance.
Compared to the two, Manifest's audience was significantly larger, which many had hoped would help it get its fourth season. Manifest also had a bit of an in with NBC that the other shows lack. The series was developed at Warner Bros. TV by Susan Rovner. She sold it to NBC and worked on it until she became the content chief of NBCU in the fall of 2020. She would have been the one to make the final call on Manifest's future.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Manifest are available for streaming via Netflix. Season 3 of Manifest can be streamed on Peacock.