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. Michele Mae says

    this show was so amazing, I remember watching a few of the first episodes on television but then had trouble locating it. I recently located the season on netflix and watched the whole season in two days. I’m completly hooked on this show, really hope that they introduce a season 2. I really want to know if janett and joe will ever make it back to each other. I’m also curious how level two will differ from level one besides the fact of location.

  2. Robin says

    Please please please bring this show back. I looked forward to every week. My husband and I loved it. Our friends and us often talk about it. We want our show back :)

  3. says

    It’s the best tv miniseries that I have ever seen. it’s a must see tv miniseries you must make a second season. I believe more people have see since its debut. I believe it is got more ratings since the first aired. please make a second season!!!!!

    • SJ says

      I watched on netflix with friends and we all were left wanting more. Season 2 pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  4. Ginnie Farnsworth says

    I just watched the whole first season on Netflix and I loved it! The chemistry between Joe and Janet added to the plot too. I really hope a 2nd season comes out!

  5. Christine says

    We just finished watching all 13 episodes. I thought it was interesting from the beginning….but it REALLY got interesting and good at the end. I would love to see this show have at least 1 more season to see where it goes.

  6. Nina says

    Being the show back please. Maybe you should check how many have watched it after it ended. Some people go away for the summer so they can’t watch it when’s it being aired. I was on vacation otherwise I would have continued to watch. You should at least do a second season and then end it if you must really end it.

  7. Brittany says

    Please keep Person Unknown on air….. you have a lot of people that want the show to come back on….. plus you can’t leave us hanging on what is going to happen on level 2 and what will joe and janet’s ex husband…… so please bring the show back


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