'Timeless' Season 2 Cancelled? Ratings And Production Costs To Blame

The future looks dim for NBC time travel drama "Timeless." Reports revealed that "Timeless" season 2 would likely be canceled. The network is expected to announce which shows would be renewed and the cut-off for the 2017-2018 TV season by mid-May.

An analysis revealed that "Timeless" has chances of getting canceled by May. The decision might be based on the results of the other new NBC shows this season. The statistics will have a lot to say about the fate of the show. However, as long as the numbers are concerned, it's a negative for "Timeless" season 2.

The show got some rather mediocre ratings. It started high with 7.60 million viewers in the first episode. However, the numbers dwindled with each episode. "Timeless" episode 14 recorded 2.92 million viewers. The ratings only slightly went up on the penultimate episode. Episode 15 got 2.92 million viewers. Its overall rating for 18-49 demographic ratings is only 1.15 million viewers.

The analysis further revealed that other NBC shows including "Chicago PD," "Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Superstore" got higher chances of getting renewed. Not only due to higher ratings, these shows are owned by studios affiliated with NBC, thus they have better odds of getting renewed than those from outside producers.

TV Line also mentioned another reason for "Timeless" season 2 cancellation, the production costs. Time travel dramas are costly with all those different costumes and sets which are portrayed from different eras. It added that it is the reason why a full season order of "Timeless" only has 16 episodes.

"Timeless" is scheduled to air its finale episode on Monday, Feb. 20. Spoilers reveal that the team will finally have a face-off with the leader of the Rittenhouse with Rufus' life on the line. The performance of the finale episode might also affect the decision for "Timeless" season 2.


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