NBC’s Manifest makes a case for extra episodes with time-shifted ratings

Manifest season 1Is NBC’s Manifest going to be the first show to be picked up for extra episodes this fall? We have a feeling that could be the case, based at least on some early DVR numbers.

Today, the network confirmed that the live+2 gains for the Josh Dallas drama series are the biggest for any primetime series premiere that they’ve had on record. The premiere added 4.9 million viewers total viewers over the course of the past couple of days, which means that more than 15 million people have seen it to date. Meanwhile, when it comes to the 18-49 demographic, Manifest surged upward to a 3.4 rating in the demo with the extra figures included, which absolutely is a positive sign that could lead towards the show having a future.

By and large, we’ve seen the Manifest premiere receive a rather-warm reception and with that in mind, we certainly are optimistic that the initial 13-episode or not going to be all she wrote here — regardless of whether this means more episodes now or some more that end up debuting as a season 2 next year.

There was a time when we’re not sure that a series like this would have worked as well, mostly because in a post-Lost climate we ended up seeing a number of different series all end up trying to replicate its success. This show actually has the potential to get at least close to it, even if it doesn’t become a global phenomenon the same way. Its struggle is going to come in the ratings a month from now. If it can find a way to maintain most of its audience, it’ll be smooth sailing for years. The hard thing with this sort of show is that it requires attentive viewing, and if someone stops watching, it’s ultimately hard to get them back. It requires a hefty commitment from viewers and it remains to be seen if it will get that.

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