NBC genre drama Manifest has been renewed for a third season, it was confirmed today.
The series was one of the biggest freshman successes of the 2018-19 season, but it wound up being pushed to midseason due to NBC’s lack of scheduling space. Its recently completed second season averaged a 1.5 in L+7 18-49 demos, along with 7.7 million viewers; this improved the time slot by 88% year-to-year, an impressive feat given the show’s serialization and lengthy hiatus.
In terms of numbers, especially when taking ratings consistency and non-linear into account, Manifest was a pretty solid renewal. However, the reason why it took so long to get a formal renewal was that it’s produced by Warner Bros., meaning that WB and NBC had to hammer out the financial details to make a renewal make sense.
Manifest joins a 2020-21 drama slate for NBC that includes One Chicago, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Good Girls, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, New Amsterdam, and This Is Us. The network already has a series order for Law & Order spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime, which focuses on SVU alum Elliot Stabler.
As with ABC, NBC is set to release their plans for fall 2020 later this week. It’s as yet unclear whether the network will make a fall schedule that errs on the side of caution and consists of mostly unscripted, repeats, and low-cost acquisitions or if they’ll be releasing a normal schedule that assumes scripted production can get back on schedule after delays over COVID-19.