Manifest Canceled Just As It's Declared The Most Popular Show On Netflix
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Manifest Canceled Just As It’s Declared The Most Popular Show On Netflix

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BY July 7, 2021

In the movie Friday, one of the most memorable exchanges, amongst many, questions how one loses their job on their day off. I thought about this exchange this week when I discovered the subreddit r/byebyejob. I also thought about it when I read that NBC canceled Manifest just as the show was discovered by a larger streaming audience.

Manifest Canceled Just As Netflix Reveals Its Popularity

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Netflix is famously cagey about their viewing statistics. They don’t like to tell us the firm details. However, as you probably have noticed, they will rank their offerings by popularity. It’s a clever idea, as it’s an easy way to build word of mouth. After all, if everyone else is watching something, then you might be more likely to see what all the fuss is about.

Anyway, I say all that to say that Manifest, at least the first two seasons (the third is on NBC’s streamer Peacock), is currently the most popular show on Netflix. (This was accurate at press time; this ranking obviously might have changed by the time you read this.) That means that it outranks, for example, whatever a Wish Dragon is (at #2) and at #3, the show we covered in our Sweet Tooth series review. Again, we don’t know how many people are actually watching Manifest on Netflix. We do know, however, the answer to that question when it comes to NBC. And it’s “not enough.”

Viewer Numbers Dropped Dramatically Since the First Season

Manifest Canceled popular netflix show Zeke Michaela and Estevez I am guessing image via NBC

According to The Hollywood Reporter, around 10 million people were watching the show in its first season. However, by this season, the third, that’s how many people were watching–a third. As the outlet reports, season 3 saw viewer numbers drop to around 3 million.

And I have to admit, I was one of the dropouts. I did try watching this season’s premiere. Unfortunately, though, I found it hard to follow. The storyline just got too convoluted for me at this point. Those Netflix viewers, though, may have better luck, especially since they can binge-watch.

In addition, they may be able to continue watching the show on a new platform. Again, Netflix won’t share its viewer numbers. However, if they’re big enough, then the streamer could pick up its current most popular show. There is no word on that becoming a thing at this point, but we’ll update you when there’s news.

Seasons 1 & 2 of Manifest are currently on Netflix, season 3 is on Peacock.

Are you disappointed that Manifest, the home of some really Good Sweaters, was canceled? Or did you see the writing on the wall when season 3 returned with a conspicuous lack of sweaters? Tell us on our social media or in these comments.

featured image via NBC

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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