Timeless has been afforded more time to escape cancellation. NBC has extended the time-travel drama’s first season to 16 episodes (up from 13).
It’s not the full 22-episode order that would have represented a major sign of confidence and put Season 2 within reach. However, the extended run theoretically keeps Timeless in the mix for a second season renewal. (The show’s production demands may have also made a 22-episode order difficult).
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said of the extention:
Timeless is a phenomenal new show that takes the audience emotionally to a completely different place and time each week.
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, added:
We’re thrilled to be ordering additional episodes so that we can run the final six hours of the season in a row with no pre-emptions after the new year. Our hats are off to Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan for producing one of the most ambitious new shows anywhere on television.”
More Timeless performance details via press release:
“Timeless,” which stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit, has averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall in live + 7, making it the top-rated Monday drama so far this season in 18-49.
Timeless” is undefeated in its Monday 10-11 p.m. ET slot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas thus far in “live plus same day” ratings through its first four weeks on the schedule.
The Los Angeles Times said “Timeless” is a “high-minded adventure thriller,” The New York Times called it “a good-natured science-fiction adventure series” and the Washington Post praised it as “thought-provoking.”
Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke are the co-showrunners, writers and executive producers. John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive produce.
NBC’s other two new fall series, “This Is Us” and “The Good Place,” have been ordered for 18 and 13 episodes this season, respectively.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Timeless Season 2…