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Crossing Lines: A Second Season or Cancelled on NBC?

Crossing Lines canceled or renewed for season two?Last night, NBC aired the finale of Crossing Lines. The season ended on a cliffhanger that has viewers itching for season two. Will the show be renewed, or will it be cancelled instead?

Crossing Lines follows a former NYPD officer who’s become addicted to morphine and ends up working as a trash collector for a carnival in the Netherlands. The International Criminal Court recognizes his worth and recruits him to help investigate crimes that cross international borders.

The show stars William Fichtner, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly, Richard Flood, and Donald Sutherland.

The police procedural series debuted June 23rd to a disappointing 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.38 million viewers. The first hour ranked a distant third in its timeslot, easily beaten by a rerun of FOX’s Family Guy and the debut of Whodunnit? on ABC.

Though viewership is lower in the summer months, the peaock network could not be happy with these numbers. The later weeks saw them get even worse. Over the course of the season, Crossing Lines has fallen as low as a 0.5 demo rating and 2.51 million viewers.

If NBC were producing the Crossing Lines, there’d be no way that they would make a second season. There’s just not enough ad money to pay for the production.

Thankfully for fans, NBC doesn’t produce the show. Crossing Lines was jointly commissioned by TF1 in France and by Sony for their AXN channels.

NBC merely licenses the series so it costs them much less. Based on the ratings, it’s still extremely unlikely that the peacock network will air a second season.

However, there’s hope that another season will be produced by Sony and TF1. If that happens, another US channel could pick it up or, at the very least, episodes could be released on DVD. We’ll post any updates as they become available.

But, what do you think? Would you like to see a second season of Crossing Lines or should it be cancelled instead? Why didn’t more people watch? If NBC doesn’t want season two, which channel would be a better fit?


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Sue August 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

Great show, lousy time slot, no publicity by network. Might be a better fit for TNT.


H. Broemel August 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

Great plots with good story lines. I enjoy a touch of Europe with mystery and action.
We got used to the characters now and how they all show their various traits, weakness and development, especially Fichtner.
If NBC won’t pick it up again perhaps A&E, FX or AXS could show it.


dan August 20, 2013 at 3:45 am

Great show. Only good show of the summer. I was hooked from first episode, and I like all the little back stories that have not yet been revealed.


Michael August 20, 2013 at 3:20 am

NBC did next to nothing to make people aware of the show. It’s a very good cop drama that given time could become a great cop drama. If NBC decides not to air a second season, I hope Sony and TF1 realize there are many countries where this show is still wanted and there’s more than one network (FOX for instance) where this should would fit in. Make a second season!!!


Linda August 20, 2013 at 3:11 am

Loved this show! hopefully NBC won’t do the usual thing and cancel it. they do that all the time with great shows. Crossing Lines is a wonderful change of pace from all the other shows on TV today. Please NBC, keep it, and don’t give us anymore of the reality crap!


Rita August 20, 2013 at 2:50 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!! Please don’t cancel it!!! It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.


Bill August 20, 2013 at 2:39 am

Again, another intelligent well written and even better acted show is out-viewed by crap tv.
Hoping the foreign rights owners show it on free cable for the US viewers with IQ’s above 55.


Mandy August 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I would like to see a second season. Being a Brit, I love anything European. Especially if it has intelligent story lines and good plots that don’t have to be wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end of 60 minutes!


Cyndi August 20, 2013 at 2:28 am

Great show. Very interesting. Hope to see a second season. Much better viewing than what is usually on.


Gayle August 20, 2013 at 2:26 am

Absolutely loved the show. I would be devastated if it was cancelled.


Kiki August 20, 2013 at 2:12 am

Very impressed with Crossing Lines. The quality of the show is better that Masterpiece Mystery which in turn is much better than American shows. Of course NBC is not known for quality programming, so I will be surprised if it is renewed. I hope it is picked up by another network . . . maybe CBS?


ljspl August 20, 2013 at 1:56 am

O Yes, I’d like to see a second season. The characters are compelling, the overarching plot intriguing, the individual episodes not formulaic. The scenery and exposing American audiences to Europe is a nice change. Yes. a new season!


Darrell August 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

Love the show would love to see a second season.


sophia August 20, 2013 at 1:42 am

Love the show. Please please renee it. Its been a long time since an intelligent show came out. Summer was bad time to start series give it a chance.


Sharon Weiss August 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

Crossing Lines is one of our favorite television shows. It is a nailbiter which we look forward to watching weekly. We look forward to seeing further episodes in the ear future. We sincerely hope the fabulous series is not cancelled.


Barbara August 20, 2013 at 1:17 am

Re: Crossing Lines. Just watching the season finale. This show is so different and wonderful; it feels like I am watching a movie. Please do not get rid of it. The show is so impressive and intelligent. It is a MUST SEE every week.


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