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NBC Canceled 'Manifest,' But Many Are Hopeful that It Will Continue Somewhere Else


Jun. 16 2021, Published 12:52 p.m. ET

For three seasons, Manifest has continuously shocked fans with plot twist after plot twist. The NBC supernatural series focuses on some of the 191 passengers of Montego Air Flight 828, who departed from Jamaica to New York in 2013. After a bit of in-flight turbulence, the plane lands and the people on board learn that five-and-a-half years have passed since they first took off.

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Each season, fans learn more about the after-effects of the mysterious flight, including callings, visions, and inexplicable health changes. Though the Season 3 conclusion leaves viewers hanging, NBC announced that Manifest had been canceled.

Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh) on 'Manifest'
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Why was 'Manifest' canceled?

Less than a week after the jaw-dropping two-part Season 3 finale aired on NBC, the network announced its decision not to renew Manifest for Season 4.

Though the ratings were decent for the drama when it debuted in 2018, they have steadily declined each year. After Season 2, the show was in jeopardy, but NBC did opt to renew the show for another 13 episodes.

Viewership declined again throughout Season 3, though Manifest was still the top-rated "bubble show" (programs that are on the cusp of cancelation) for the network. Two of NBC's other bubble programs, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Debris, have also been canceled.

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Shortly before Season 3 ended, the first two seasons of Manifest were added to Netflix. The drama has consistently remained at the top of the streamer's Top 10 list, which some assumed was a good sign for a Season 4 order.

However, though the show is popular on Netflix, there still weren't enough compelling reasons for NBC to pick it up again.

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Many fans are crushed by the news, as show creator Jeff Rake has been open about his six-season plan for the series. Plus, the Season 3 ending certainly did not provide any sense of closure to the characters. In fact, it left a lot of things up in the air.

After NBC publicized the cancelation decision, Jeff took to Twitter to share his disappointment. He also got fans stirring with his plea for the show to continue somewhere else.

"My dear Manifesters," he tweeted on June 15. "I'm devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us. 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."

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'Manifest' could return on a different network, or on a streaming service.

Because Manifest has had such a strong showing on Netflix, fans are hopeful that the streamer will decide to pick up the show for a fourth season.

It wouldn't be the first time that Netflix would renew a previously-canceled series. The streaming giant picked up Lucifer after Fox canceled it in 2018, and it's since maintained high ratings.

However, according to Deadline, it doesn't yet appear as if there are serious conversations happening for Manifest to live on at Netflix.

"Mayday" on 'Manifest' Season 3
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NBC could decide to reverse the decision, or to let the series continue on the network's own subscription streaming service, Peacock. Another network could also pick Manifest up as well.

You can catch up on all three seasons of Manifest on NBC, Peacock, and Hulu. The first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

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