NBC’s latest hit show Manifest has received the order of a whole season run from the broadcaster. The network will extend the highly popular series for a further three episodes, on top of the 13 already produced. Manifest is the top rated drama in the US this autumn, and the second – following New Amsterdam – to have its order extended by NBC.
The story of Manifest follows a group of passengers and crew members on a flight between Jamaica and New York. During the flight there’s some extreme turbulence, causing the plane to ostensibly disappear to all the people on Earth. When the plane lands, everyone on board finds out that a total of 5 years have gone by whilst they were flying. We see the group struggle to go back to their normal lives as the relationships with their loved ones have completely changed.
Manifest has been an excellent addition to the NBC roster, so much so that average viewing figures for the first four episodes have an average of 8.4 million viewers. The September 24th premiere has even grown to a total of 18.4 million viewers.
The series continues to draw comparisons to Lost, which was a huge success for ABC back in 2004. The mystery sci-fi thriller was a massive hit, due in part to its character development, but also due to the intriguing nature of the show – drawing conversation about potential plot lines from viewers. This type of format brings in new watchers each week and we expect Manifest to be no different.
There’s still no news regarding a UK broadcaster picking the show up, but at this point we think it’s almost guaranteed at some point. For now we highly recommend checking out NBC’s other big current hit The Good Place, which has just had its third season released on Netflix.