NBC may try, but it just can’t seem to quit Timeless. The young sci-fi drama, canceled for the second time in only two season, , is being revived one (seemingly) last time for a two-part series finale.
Answering the pleas of both fans and producers Sony Pictures Television, the brief revival is a fitting end for the Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke drama. Loyal viewers were vocally irate when the show was canceled after one season — and while the surprise second run sealed its fate with low ratings, some sort of wrap-up has been on the table since May.
“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of Timeless, this is the next best thing,” said Ryan and Kripke in a joint statement. “We’re thrilled to take the lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story.” The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?” (I’m not sure who Rufus is, but I’m guessing that’s among the reasons why the show keeps getting canceled.)
Despite the double cancelation, NBC is clearly aware of an appetite for Timeless outside of its soft 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers. What makes those modest live-plus numbers impressive, however, is what a great percentage of them come in after live viewings. The most recent season of Timeless improved 100 percent within a week of time-shifting.
Timeless was one of several time-traveling shows to pop up during the 2016-17 broadcast season. And while it will soon be a thing of the past itself, it lasted a heck of a lot longer than its contemporaries.