There were plenty of big questions coming out of the Manifest season 2 finale, but perhaps one of the biggest mysteries has now been solved: yes, Manifest season 3 will be happening! Although there was a certain amount of closure as far as Zeke’s death date and his marriage to Michaela, there are still miles to go before we get any answers about things like the government conspiracy led by the Major or even where the callings come from in the first place and why they show up after a time jump, so it’s good to know that these hanging threads will have a chance to be addressed.
Like many series in their sophomore season, Manifest season 2 saw a slight downturn in overall viewership when compared to the show’s breakout season one on NBC. Whereas the first season brought in an average of 6.48 million viewers with a 1.25 rating in the key demographic according to TV Series Finale, season 2 saw almost exactly half that across the board.
However, a press release from NBCUniversal puts the rating at 1.5 and 7.7 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens for the series. Manifest reportedly improved the Monday 10pm hour by 88% in 18-49 rating versus NBC’s regular-program season average in the timeslot prior to the show’s debut, which likely led to the network’s decision to renew.
Manifest made an important shift in its second season away from the relationship drama created by the five year gap in the lives of the Stone family. In season one, the show spent as much time exploring Grace having moved on with Danny and Jared having taken up with Michaela’s best friend Lourdes as it did with the central mystery of what happened to Flight 828 and its passengers. This year, the only drama of that sort centered around the jealousy Jared had towards Zeke and his burgeoning relationship with Michaela, but they used that ill will to cover a subplot in which Jared supposedly conspired with a group opposed to the unnatural nature of the passengers return.
By concentrating on the sci-fi elements of the show, Manifest likely gained more hardcore fans of the type that enjoy unraveling puzzle box mysteries as in Lost or The 4400. If the speculation inspired by the successful season 2 finale creates word of mouth excitement around the series, there could be a larger audience waiting in the wings when season 3 arrives. Now the long wait begins for a release date or trailer, but we’ll update this article once we hear any news from NBC.
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