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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  1. says

    dont cancel it why do all the non reality good shows get canceled after the first season not everyone is into the flippin reality crap ugh ppl come on now

  2. ashley says

    This show is amazing and I love the whole concept, all the characters, n it is just soooooooo great!!!!!! I watched the whole season in less then a week n I got 3 of my friends hooked n we all love it…..They need season 2 and they need more advertisement for real!!!!!!!!! Please Have season 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. nel says

    I love it – it is amazing how gripping it is even though it’s mostly set in one building. This is ingenious. Please keep it going!!!

  4. says

    Where is SEASON 2 of Persons Unknown? Have been Waiting but haven’t seen or heard anything about it yet. You can’t stop(cancel?) a show without an ending when dedicated fans have watched the whole season long!

  5. Jupiter says

    This show needs not just 1 more season but many more seasons. This show was great and kept me wanting more.

  6. Kate says

    I want to watch another season. I liked the first season very much so and the only reason why I couldn’t watch it while it aired was because something kept happening with my sister on the day/time it was on so please try to get another season.

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