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. Sue says

    Sexy accents, lots of action and it twists (albeit convoluted at times). I loved the main character in Invasion! Who decides ratings anyway? Nobody asked me, and I say SAVE Crossing Lines!!!

  2. says

    crossing lines is such a great show, with so much potential, so many twists and turns. the many plots is what makes the show great its not just based on one thing. the cliffhanger definitely deserves answers to the fans! nbc didn’t advertise the show too much and the day they air it and the time is bad. if it was during the week and on around 9/10 c it’d do much better. hannibal had some low viewers and it didn’t look like it’d return but it did, so crossing lines should get a new season it deserves another chance. and if the show was on cw, fx, tnt, usa it might do a lot better.

  3. LJ says

    Crossing Lines never should have aired in the summer, never should have been on Sunday nights opposite cable powerhouses, and should have been moved to another day (and CBS should have rerun the episodes on Saturdays) as soon as they saw the numbers starting to drop. In reality, it should have been bought by a cable station in the first place. It’s too intelligent a show for most people and certainly too intelligent for most people to focus on during the summer months when things are all about being carefree and going on holiday/vacation. It absolutely deserves another shot, but with a better opportunity and more love.

  4. Vivian says

    Renew “Crossing Lines”! One of the best on tv.

    It didn’t get ratings because there was no advertising. I never heard of it. I ran across it one night surfing channels. How could they be surprised that no one watched if no one knew it was even on?! I never saw one commercial. Can you please leave this exciting, intelligent show on?! Not everyone wants to watch cartoons and reality crap. Give us a break.

  5. says

    Save Crossing Lines!! Such a good suspenseful show!!! Good acting and wonderful actors from various countries makes it even more interesting. Please renew.

  6. Carol says

    Love this show. If more people knew about it (better advertising) it would be a hit! Superb acting, story lines and locales. Please DO NOT cancel.

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