Tonight, NBC’s Timeless TV show finishes its first season. While the writers clearly have plans for a second season, NBC may not. The peacock network has yet to renew the series for season two but, they haven’t cancelled Timeless either. Will it be back for the 2017-18 season? Should NBC renew it? Would you watch?
An action-adventure series, Timeless begins as a mysterious criminal (Goran Visnjic) steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America by changing the past. The country’s only hope is an unexpected team of a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a soldier (Matt Lanter), and a scientist (Malcolm Barrett) as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to stop the villain. The rest of the cast includes Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.
Airing on Monday nights, NBC gave Timeless a solid timeslot, following their biggest TV series, The Voice. The series premiered on October 3, 2016 and drew a 1.83 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.60 million viewers. While those are good numbers, the network was likely disappointed that they weren’t higher — especially when the trailer attracted nearly 300 million views.
In week two, Timeless’ ratings dropped 22% in the demo and 18% in viewers. The numbers have been up and down since then but they’ve been trending downward. Recent episodes have dipped below a 0.70 demo rating and have drawn fewer than three million viewers. That’s not a good sign for an expensive drama that’s airing on a major network.
NBC may renew Timeless for a second season but it seems far more likely that they’ll cancel it and hope that their next post-Voice series brings in big ratings like The Blacklist once did.
But, what do you think? Should Timeless be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Would you watch season two or, are 16 episodes enough?