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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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Stephanie A August 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I liked the show and would watch it for another season. I think it may be too dark for USA but certainly FX, TNT or AMC who are not afraid to go to the dark side could pick it up if NBC scraps it. Be interesting to see what happens. I hate cliff hangers that are just left without resolution so hopefully it will be back somewhere.


Sherry August 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I read more than watch tv. Recorded and watched every show the 1st season. Not clear on why I like it so much. Maybe the multiple story lines, the European scenes, and the sense that the characters are truly good people going after the bad guys.


Pam August 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Love this show. The European setting is reminiscent of LaFemme Nikita which was also a terrific show. There are already of plenty of crime dramas produced to satisfy those that want the same old stuff (I admit that I also watch and enjoy several of them). If NBC won’t renew, I’d love to see the show on one of the many cable networks-USA, TNT, fx, BBCA, AMC etc. Please bring back this quality show with a wonderful cast and very interesting stories. I really wish the big networks would realize that there is an audience for this type of show.


Jessica August 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I had never even heard of it. Summertime means as little tv as possible. But I really want to get caught up as I’ve heard it’s really really good. I’m hesitant to put the time in if it isn’t going to continue, though.


Wayne Robinson August 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm

My wife and I have enjoyed the first season of this show and do hope there is a second, it’s an exciting police drama with overseas adventures in all sorts of crimes, don’t take it off the air just because the summers’ audience isn’t good try putting it on when everyone can watch I guarantee the viewers numbers will pick up.


Jenifer August 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm

finally a show with a cosmopolitan feel and timely story lines that are interesting and well acted. American audiences are always given Vanilla. I am so looking forward to the second season.


r rwimers August 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Bring it back one of the more interesting shows on TV


Jo August 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Season 2. Love this show.


Sandra Moore August 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’ll watch it on cable if I have to – great show with strong characters!!!


Randy August 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

Great show ! This is not a mindless show you have to think about the plot. I would like to see it stay on NBC, but I will go to any network I can find it. Keep this show on!!!!!


Jed August 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

Great show, mix of characters, writing is intensely good. Take it to cable for the second season.


Paul Pasquini August 22, 2013 at 2:13 am

Enjoy this show very much. The writing and acting of this show is totally intense and it really keeps my interest. Wish there were more shows written and acted at as high a level as this program. Please renew it, there is enough crap and mindless stuff on t.v. already. Reality t.v.? You’ve got to be kidding me…..


Barbara August 22, 2013 at 12:08 am

Great show! I hate that the networks won’t ever take a chance unless it has the same old formula of a U S crime show. Love the European flavor and different plots. Please prove me wrong and keep this program! Maybe if you didn’t start it mid summer you would attract larger audiences. Keeper in my book!!!


Jody August 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Definitely deserves a second season by a station that could promote the series and give it a good time slot instead of a weekend summer shot. As for other stations that could promote it, there is FX, TNT, USA, BBC, AMC. Even Netflix might be interested.


Billy August 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Belongs on cable! Really enjoyed the international actors, locales and all around flavor of the show. Better than most procedurals on network tv. Hope it gets picked up by USA, fx, TNT or another channel. We want to know what happens!


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