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. Ml says

    I have been watching tv for five decades, and Crossing Lines is one of the best dramas I have ever seen. It is right up there with The Shield, Dexter, Criminal Minds, and NYPD Blue. The foreign element is so unique, setting it apart from the other junk usually on NBC. If they don’t appreciate it, please get it to a network that does.

  2. JOANNE W. says

    Intricate, intelligent shows. Cliffhanger was stupendous – wjat will happen to Louis and his wife? what happened to anne Marie? {Please, please renew! They always cancel the good ones and put on those inane reality shows. Forget the 18-49 age group Baby Boomers are the new reality – keep the intelligent shows for intelligent people!

  3. RAERAE says

    This show did not have very good adverts, If it wasn’t for my surfing for new shows I would have never khnown about it. This show isgreat, Its charachters are complex, which makes the show interesting enough with just the charachters. The story line is new each week but there are alos subplots for each persson. There is no other show like it on the market and it needs cto be renewed. Maybe the ratings are reflective of what day cof the week it aired. Keep It!!!!!!

  4. Kathleen says

    We enjoyed this show. I would watch it on Hulu or on another channel if NBC isn’t smart enough to pick it up for a second season! They left it with such a cliffhanger! Please someone make another season so those of us in the US that LOVE watching intelligent television can have something to watch!

  5. says

    Crossing Lines is a magnificent show. NBC did not service the show well in advertising, possibly because having no invest risk in production it just threw it on the air hoping it would stick with the public. Oftentimes there is considerable hype with a show even before the first airing. The network did nothing to “tweak” the public’s interest. That is shameful, because the production is beautiful, the plots are intriguing, the characters are “layered”, and the various European locations fabulous.

    It would be shameful, and a loss to the discerning viewer, if this show were to be cancelled.

  6. Brenda S says

    I never even knew about this show until it aired on HULU. I watched all episodes in 2 days as it got better with each one. I for one would like to see more of this show. there is nothing else like it on tv.

  7. Angela says

    This is one of the best shows on tv!!! Smart and keeps you on the edge of your seat!

  8. Kathy Scott says

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not cancel this series. It is such a smart series unlike others such as Summer Camp, Undercover Boss just to mention a few. Seems the only smart series are on cable so I would be happy to see it go there. Love so many of the programs on cable. Suits, Justified, Rescue Me, Sopranos, Risolli @ Isles. Crossing Lines belongs on a different venue.

  9. Haludek says

    I MUST KNOW what happens next! Wayyyy to many cliffovers, particularly the one with Anne-Marie! I need to know what happened to her! Please don’t cancel! The show’s been getting better and better with every episode!

  10. Char says

    This is an excellent show with good story line and good acting. It figures a network would not show something actually appeals to the intellect. There is way too much reality programing and stupid sitcoms in this watchers opinion.

  11. Claire G. says

    I am from Europe so I am not too familiar with what the americans like to watch on tv but I cannot stand reality shows with only a few acceptions! I loved this TV show! All the good ones are never renewed! The characters are complex, plots intricate…. keeps you on edge! Good series in a long time! PLEASE RENEW ON ANY NETWORK DON’T REALLY CARE ON WHICH JUST AS LONG AS IT CONTINUES! It was my Friday night’s highlight (as it used to be aired every Friday in my country 2 episodes at a time :))

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