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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 12:58 pm

They sure left us hanging so I hope it gets renewed. NBC did a terrible job of promoting the show. I could never remember when it was on and then when I did it wasn’t on.

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Carol August 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Crossing Lines is an excellent show. Quite frankly we were surprised that NBC offered this quality show. I can’t think of another NBC show that we watch. They seem to have cornered the market on reality shows. We really love Crossing Lines – great script, acting is truly wonderful and the hour just flies by. I think that this show has not been marketed properly. My husband and I hope that somehow this show will be picked up by some channel next year. We will be checking back on this site.

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Beejay August 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Love this show!!! Why must we be tortured with all the stupid reality shows and then a good show like this comes along and it is in danger of being canceled?!?!?! Please give us a season 2!!! And 3, 4, 5, etc………..?..

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michael boone August 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

great show so much better than all the reality crap. some network needs to pick it up

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Connie August 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

Great show with a host of twists and turns! NBC will be foolish NOT to sign up for this show! I watch so few programs on NBC – they need better programimg! BUT let the cable networks pick it up A&E, TNT, USA there is where the new series are womderful!! – I am looking forward to season 2!

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Mary August 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

Re: Crossing Lines. We love this show. Can’t believe it’s not promoted more by NBC. It’s one of the best shows this season. This show is well writing, the cast is so amazing. If NBC doesn’t pick it up perhaps another network….CBS….will add this to their line-up.

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Rose August 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

Re Crossing Lines: It is a show very different than other shows on TV and I agree that NBC has not done much to advertise it. I had to trick my husband into watching it. The only shows we watch together are NCIS. I told him he would like it, but he didn’t believe me. Once he watched it he was hooked. He is not much of a TV series watcher, but agreed it was one of the best TV series on TV today. We love it and hope it goes to a second season. We will be disappointed if it does not. NBC needs to give it a chance.

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Joanne August 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

Crossing Lines was my new favorite show after the first episode. It’s international flavor fills a missing link in US television and its original, creative and complex plots keep me on the edge of my seat wanting more every week. Perhaps it’s too intellectual for mass audiences. Don’t cancel Crossing Lines! It’s one of only a few decent shows on tv.

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Monica August 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

Finally a show that doesn’t follow the same old plots seen on every other show. This show is loaded with sub-plots for each of the characters. I really enjoyed this show. I hope that it is not cancelled,

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Kate August 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

Great show. I agree with another poster that NBC did nothing to promote this show. Great characters and different from other shows on TV. Like the fact that the characters are from different countries.

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Steve Naidamast August 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

An excellent show for the summer season. It should definitely be given a season 2 with a full set of episodes.

Unfortunately, all three of the major networks have a habit of pulling the plug on shows that don’t give them “instant gratification” with the Nielsen ratings.

The show should be moved to a more stable, alternative network like USA or TNT.

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Karen August 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

This is an intellectual show for intellectual people. It’s a great show and should be continued for those of us who want more from a show. ;)

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Paul August 20, 2013 at 7:59 am

My wife and I watched this show every week. It has become one of our favorite shows. Just has a more interesting “feel” than the formalistic American police dramas (and we live in US). It is doubtful that NBC will pick it up with those ratings and that is a shame. Had they been more willing to spend more $$ to promote the show, it might have done better. In any event, hopefully it will continue to be produced and someone else will pick it up. I think AMC or FX would be good fits.

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hope f weber August 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

Love this show and will be very disappointed if NBC or another network does not pick up season 2. The 2 hr. end of season show left viewers with many scintillating hints of what has happened to some of the characters. I would like to see the end result next season.

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Donna August 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

The best show that no one is watching or it would have received better ratings. I would love to see it renewed for a second season at least to tie up the cliffhangers. I would watch it on A&E, FX or any station that would pick it up.

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