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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  1. Erika says

    Please, PLEASE renew the program “Crossing Lines”!! We are three generations living in one house, 22, 45 and 70, and it is the ONLY show we can all agree on and enjoy watching together. Please, not only renew this show, but make more like it!!

  2. Steve says

    Crossing lines was a very interesting and provocative show and showed an international flair that we rarely see in this country it would be a shame if this series does not continue is not picked up by user NBC or another channel

  3. Sue says

    Please renew this show! I agree with many of the comments – interesting weekly storylines, intriguing glimpses of back stories, well acted (LOVE William Fichtner), great location shooting…I love that it doesn’t look like so many other shows, it feels more like film. And it’s incredibly frustrating that intelligent, less “glitzy” shows frequently don’t make it. SAVE THIS ONE!

  4. Susan says

    Please renew – definitely one of the better shows on tv. Very different from any other police drama. Better acting, better stories.

  5. mark says

    please renew crossing lines, give the show a chance to develop the characters . not everyone likes animation domination

  6. Osama bin Haydn says

    I thought the finale was the most hokey I’ve seen since a Spiderman comic in the 70s. How many cliffhangers can you string together without the audience saying: “These people are just too needy and homeless for me to care about?” I guess that’s the point of the program, but real homeless people are not ordinarily as important as these scumbags.

    Oh. Did I misunderstand the metaphor?

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