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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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Sharon August 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

Great show. Should be brought back for season two. Not predictable, like so many. European tie in adds a nice touch. There is nothing like this on network TV. Bad night for this show. Needs intelligent audience. Great writing, excellent acting. Please bring back and allow it to have good audience at a good time.

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Kathy August 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

Just finished watching the season finale of Crossing Lines. What a fantastic show with great cast and story lines. Not the usual who done it or cop show. Written with intelligence. Great summer viewing. Please renew for anther season and more.

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Rich August 20, 2013 at 12:58 am

Finally, a great show our family loves. It is intelligent, well thought out, and smooth flowing. There are no big plot “holes”; this is believable! And Crossing Lines actually has a cast! We are sick of mind-numbing reality shows. Families really want to watch an intertaining police drama with a fresh, new storyline and talented actors. Please bring this back for a second season and more.

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Gretchen August 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

My husband and I love this show and hope it returns for another season!

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jcnl August 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

Finally – a cerebral, thrilling, well-developed drama! We have been waiting far too long for a show of this caliber. Keep it!

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Thomas August 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

Some network MUST broadcast the next season(s)!

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Brittany August 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

PLEASE BRING BACK FOR SEASON TWO!

This show is amazing and it only just started to get really good, please don’t cancel!

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Jade Fitzgerald August 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Absolutely bring it back. It’s such a different show. I love that its international. There is more life outside of the US. Please bring it back.

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Chuck August 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

This tv show is a sleeper because it does not follow a typical Hollywood/NYC script. It characters are flawed and sometimes the story line is more European then American. This is why Crossing Lines is a good program.

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Barb August 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Love the show & hope that it will return!

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Cindy August 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Don’t cancel, really liked this show

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Susan August 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Good show. Good cast. Not the usual cast of characters and well written. Please renew.

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Kathy Frantz August 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

please,please don’t cancel!! Love the show. It makes you think, that makes us an active participant, not just sitting there as an observer.

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Jim August 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

My favorite show of the summer! Certainly hope it continues; love cast of flawed characters and the captivating stories…!

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Norma Keller August 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Crossing Lines is a really fantastic new series and should most definitely have more seasons. The acting is the best, the international background and storyline is informative, creative and exciting. I hope these comments and others endorsing this excellent show will reach the desks of those of have the power to give it continued television life!!!!

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