Looks like Manifest's immediate destiny includes a second season on NBC, with the freshman drama receiving an official season 2 order on Monday. While the first season consisted of 16 episodes, an episode count for the second season is still to be determined – though a smaller episode order would not be surprising for a serialized series with an overarching mythology similar to Manifest.
Here's a look at the announcement via the series' official Twitter account:
"In just its first season, Manifest has answered many questions about the mystery of Flight 828 and, smartly, asks many more. Congratulations to Jeff Rake, our producers, cast and crew who have created an incredibly addictive series with compelling characters and complex relationships."
– Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta
Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming
During its freshman season, Manifest averaged a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers overall according to "Live+7" ratings from Nielsen Media Research, making it the season's top ranked new scripted series in 18-49 and the overall 6th entertainment series. The series generated television's biggest viewership lift going from "LIVE+Same Day" to "LIVE+7" Nielsens, adding 6.1 million viewers through seven days of delayed viewing (6.5 million to 12.6 million). Counting 35 days of linear and projected non-linear viewership, Manifest grows to a 4.86 rating in 18-49, nearly quadrupling its next-day L+SD 1.25 rating.
When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. From Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jeff Rake, Jackie Levine and Len Goldstein comes an emotionally rich, unexpected journey into a world grounded in hope, heart and destiny.
The cast of NBC's Manifest includes Melissa Roxburgh (Valor), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time), Athena Karkanis (Zoo), J.R. Ramirez (Power), Luna Blaise (Fresh Off the Boat), Jack Messin, and Parveen Kaur (Saving Hope).
Jeff Rake writes and executive produces, with David Frankel directing and executive producing the pilot. Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine, and Len Goldstein also executive produce. Manifest is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Universal Television, Compari Entertainment, and Jeff Rake Productions.