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Persons Unknown: New NBC Mystery Series; Cancel or Keep It?

Persons UnknownThe peacock network recently premiered a new mystery series for the summer called Persons Unknown. Will the series last? Will viewers get answers to their questions or be left hanging?

Persons Unknown revolves around a group of strangers who wake up in a strange hotel and find that they’re in a ghost town and unable to leave. They see security cameras observing them and their unknown captors create mistrust among the group by offering freedom if they hurt the others. The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Lee Purcell, Jason Wiles, Andy Greenfield, Daisy Betts, Tina Holmes, Alan Ruck, Kate Lang Johnson, Sean O’Bryan, and Gerald Kyd.

The NBC mystery series debuted on June 7th to very disappointing ratings. The premiere attracted a poor 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 4.38 million viewers. That represents a distant third place for the timeslot and is an even worse performance than last year’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

In week two, the numbers dropped to a 1.2 rating and 3.52 total viewers. Episode three’s ratings dropped even further to a 1.0 in the demo and only 2.87 million viewers. How much lower can the numbers go?

The network is promoting Persons Unknown as a mini-series and say that all viewer questions will be answered by the end of the 13th episode. There have been talks that if the show is successful, it could return for a second season (like CBS’ Harper’s Island). The series was created with international buyers in mind so if it’s successful in other countries, year two could be forthcoming (ala The Listener). However, with ratings like these, NBC wouldn’t likely have an interest in buying it.

TV show supportActually, the peacock network could pull the show off the air before all of the current episodes have even aired. NBC has moved it up to 8pm for the next couple weeks, trying to attract a few more viewers. Hopefully, the network will let all 13 episodes air and allow faithful viewers to see the story reach its conclusion. At this point, a move to Saturday nights or forcing people to watch episodes online wouldn’t come as a surprise.

What do you think? Is Persons Unknown worth watching or would you just cancel it before all the episodes have aired?

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Pattie Baucom August 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I loved the show. I just watched it on Netfix. I’m hooked. Need answers. Please!


Anonymous February 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Just watched all episodes of persons unknown, it gets better through out the season. I loved the show.


Rachel Mecom December 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

I absolutely loved Persons Unknown! The way that the season ended it was so open for a second season. It was the best show I had seen in a while, and I’m very disappointed that they canceled it. I understand it may have not received many viewers, but I think they should continue for us die-hard fans! I’m really saddened by this. Please bring it back!


Marty April 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

I saw this show on netflix and really liked it! I’ve told my friends and once they saw it they where hooked also. I think this show just wasn’t given the right push to promo it.


renee anthony August 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I found this series on netflix and burned thru all episodes very quickly, loved it.
i realized it was a recent series and was anticipating the series continuing on tv so i could watch the saga continue on the ship.
I am extremely dissapointed to find that there will be no more, was never aware of the show when it was on tv.
Renee Anthony


Crystal Austin September 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

i didnt know about it being on tv either please bring it back this is an awesome show maybe advertise it more something


Anonymous November 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Would love more episodes


jayne February 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

I agree it is well worth keeping. I was very disappointed to find it was cancelled. Bring it back this is a keeper. I swear the people who decide to pull shows have no clue what the public wants.


anonymous February 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

Just saw this show on Netflix. Please bring it back and if possible with the original actors. I want season 2 and at least a 3rd. This never should have been cancelled. Geez it seems to me it wasn’t given much of a chance to get higher ratings and I never even saw commercials/previews about it. Why do networks pull the plug on good shows without ever giving the public a chance to see them or get to decide if they want more? At least move to a cable channel before killing it altogether without giving us a chance to enjoy good TV shows like this.


Ricardo PORTUGAL July 1, 2012 at 4:44 am

season 2 come on man , i want to go to level 2 !


Ronda M. June 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I loved the show and want more…


Randy cary May 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Persons unknown was very very very good show we want more


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