Netflix Turns Cancelled TV Series Into Its Most-Watched Show In World

Netflix has turned Manifest, a once-cancelled show, into one of its most-watched programmes on the streaming service.
Credit: Netflix

Netflix has turned a once-cancelled series into one of its most-watched shows in the world.

While the streaming platform is known for cancelling popular shows – it has also previously given struggling programmes new life.

This includes a TV series about the passengers and crew of a commercial flight who suddenly reappear after going missing for five and a half years.

And now fans are calling it the ‘best show’ on Netflix.

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The show originally aired in 2018 and was distributed by NBC.

Three seasons of the show aired on the network before it was cancelled in June 2021, shelving a proposed fourth season, despite the third series ending on a cliffhanger.

However, in August 2021, Netflix picked up the rights to the programme and greenlit season four.

Since appearing on the streaming service, it has become one of its most-watched shows, with a viewership number of over 57 million, according to Variety

Netflix has turned a cancelled show into one of its most-watched programmes. Credit: Netflix

The first part of season four – which is supposed to be the finale – came out in November 2022 and the second half of the series dropped in June 2023.

Since the second part of the season has dropped on Netflix, it has found itself a mainstay in the streaming services’ top 10 most-watched programmes list.

Fans of the series have taken to social media to react to the show, with one person saying: “The series finale was actually really good. Glad they decided to finish the show.”

Another adds: “That ending was perfect. By far one of the best shows, I’ve ever watched.”

While a third fan comments: “Thank you Netflix. Fans owe you a debt of gratitude. I love this show.”

This is truly one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched,” insists somebody else. 

Since appearing on the streaming service, Manifest has had over 57 million viewers. Credit: Netflix

Melissa Roxburgh, who plays Michaela Stone in the show, has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about the series being initially cancelled and then revitalised.

When asked how she felt about her show being dropped and what the process was like while negotiations between NBC and Netflix happened, she said: “There were a good two to three months of emotional downs when we knew we were getting cancelled but hadn’t gotten the official word. 

“Then once Netflix came into the picture, there was another month’s worth of ups and downs because we didn’t know what that exactly meant or what it would look like. 

“There were talks about an hour-long movie, about six episodes just to wrap things up. By the time we heard we were getting 20 episodes, we’d been angry, happy, sad, all of it.

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“It was an obvious yes because it was the best offer for the show.”

Roxburgh adds that she felt like the show had much more creative ‘freedom’ once Netflix acquired the show.

The actress added: “They had their input, but there was just a lot more trust and freedom from Netflix as opposed to NBC.”

The show in question is called Manifest.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.