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. Rick Leedham says

    I don’t think a lot of people know this show exist. We found it by chance on Netflix. I am looking forward for another six seasons, if possible.

  2. Deborah says

    I think that the TV networks should be more interested in airing Intelligent series rather then what is popular. WHAT IS POPULAR IS GEARED FOR IMBICILES. I have started watching the History channel and BBC America and other stations. The only good show to come out of the national networks this season is the BLACKLIST, and let’s see how long it takes them to screw it up.

    • Foxtrot says

      Deborah, you wrote “I think that the TV networks should be more interested in airing Intelligent series rather then what is popular. WHAT IS POPULAR IS GEARED FOR IMBICILES.” If you’re going to criticize the networks for gearing shows for imbeciles, you should at least learn how to spell the word. Otherwise YOU wind up looking like an imbecile. In addition, your entire premise is just wrong. Network TV is a business. They make their business by airing POPULAR shows, not whatever you deem as “intelligent”. While I agree that much of the programming is bad, I can tell you that “Crossing Lines” was cancelled because it wasn’t good enough to garner a strong audience. Good riddance.

  3. Mindy says

    I want to see Ann Marie back in the show. She belongs with Carl Hickman. I want this freaking show. Back. It is the best show I have ever seen william FICHTNER in.

  4. Mindy Johnson says

    If they don’t bring crossing lines back, there are going to be some VERY angry, upset fans!!!! THEYD better bring the show back on. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  5. Norm says

    Bring it back, the reason it probably didn’t do so well is that stations like NBC, CBS, ABC and the others is, nobody actually watches those channels that much anymore, Channels like BBC. A&E and Discovery channel offer better shows. That crap you show now is junk, to many reality shows, stupid comedies, with talking dogs dating humans, I could go on and on but I hope you know what I mean

  6. djones says

    Great cast, great story NBC is nuts not to bring it back. I found it on Netflix, if I would have known it had been on NBC I would have watched it, but most of the time the major networks have nothing but garbage. I watch BBC or odd ball channels.

  7. Carol says

    Crossing Lines was a good show. I liked and cared about the characters and the ongoing development of the characters, which did not interrupt the story lines.
    It’s too bad that the networks still rely on an archaic system (Neilson’s) to tell them the ratings. How can they accept that one Neilson viewer represents tens of thousands of people in the US. I mean are we sure that garbage like American Idol is really getting 23 million viewers each week. Perhaps the only people watching are those few hundred Neilson members? Not to mention a show gets the Neilson vote each time the person watches it. So if they are recording it, but not watching, that’s one vote. When they watch it, there’s another vote. When someone else in their house watches it, there’s another vote.
    With most people watching tv on cable or satellite, and using some type of box to view that service, they should be using the cable and satellite companies information. That will give them better and more accurate information.

  8. paj says

    We just found the show on Netflix. More people should check it out. The show is good, maybe promotion was weak. Don’t cancel.

  9. peta says

    If NBC had the imagination to cross sell their shows like Crossing Lines on other channels, even their own, like Vikings on A&E , maybe viewership would be much higher. They don’t even have to finance it. The death of network TV will be in large part due to the nauseous proliferation of reality TV, second rate half hour comedy series, and the ability to access shows like Crossing Lines through Netflix.

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