This Netflix Top 10 Stranger Things 4 competition is a show that NBC canceled

No wonder Ted Sarandos saved this show like he was Captain Sully and Netflix the Hudson.

Season 4 of Manifest wasn’t supposed to happen — but then the streaming numbers came.

Netflix started reruns of Manifest seasons 1 and 2 on June 10, 2021; Four days later, NBC canceled its “Lost”-like series about missing planes. On June 24, 2021, Netflix released its weekly global top 10 TV and movies lists. Guess which series has occupied two of the top 5 slots?

Season 1 ranked third in the streamer’s first weekly leaderboard; “Manifest” Season 2 finished fifth. The first season would appear 18 more times on Netflix’s Top 10 English Language TV Series list – the only other show to pull through is a little song called Stranger Things 4. (The shows closest to 19 appearances, Ozark Season 4 and the limited series Maid, each made 13 appearances on the list.)

“Manifest” was one of the top 5 aired entertainment series in its first season; Beyond prime-time football, only This Is Us achieved higher Nielsen ratings among adults 18-49 on NBC this year. It dropped out of the top 20 the following season; Season 3 didn’t make the top 50. Season 2 made eight weekly top 10 appearances. Manifest did pretty well on Netflix – pun intended.

NBC Season 3 began its Netflix reruns on August 21, 2021; A week later, the service announced that it would be streaming an all-original fourth season. The NBC series was now a Netflix series. (The production companies remain the same: It’s a Warner Bros. show co-produced with Universal Television.) The first 10 episodes of “Manifest” season 4 will air on the streamer on November 4, with the second half becoming one broadcast later.

Had Netflix released its Global Top 10 two weeks — or even a week — earlier, Manifest’s first season would likely have been the most-appearing television season on its English-language TV schedule to date. That wouldn’t make it any more popular than Stranger Things 4, though.

Manifesto Season 04. (L to R) JR Ramirez as Jared Vasquez, JR Ramirez as Jared Vasquez in Manifesto Season 04. Matt Long as Zeke Landon, Matt Long as Zeke Landon in Manifesto Season 04. Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone in Manifest Season 04 Cr. Netflix © 2022

JR Ramirez, Matt Long and Melissa Roxburgh in Manifest Season 4 on Netflix

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Stranger Things season four is Netflix’s most-watched English-language TV show, with more than 1.35 billion viewers in the first 28 days of each episode’s availability. That’s Netflix’s self-proclaimed limit for ranking its series and movies on an all-time basis.

In that regard, Manifest Season 1 doesn’t make Netflix’s English-language top 10 of all time — it’s probably nowhere near that. (Netflix doesn’t share hours streamed beyond what’s available on its top 10 site.)

That’s no surprise. Because only Netflix Originals can track first-runs, no non-Netflix Original series makes the all-time list. (“Lucifer” season 5 ranks sixth all-time on the English-language list. The former Fox show was rescued by Netflix after three seasons aired — as was “Manifest.”)

Earlier seasons of Manifest and Stranger Things will have more opportunities to return to the weekly English-language TV Top 10. Popular shows on Netflix are usually caught up before their season premieres.

Three foreign language series have appeared more frequently on their own weekly list than Manifest Season 1 and Stranger Things 4 on the English language site. (“Squid Game” isn’t the longest-spanning series; it’s just the burnt brightest.)

Yo soy Betty, la fea: Season 1 made the weekly non-English language top 10 list 30 times, five weeks more than Colombian telenovela Cafe con aroma de mujer: Season 1 and 10 more than “Squid Game.” Still, the South Korean smash hit is Netflix’s most-watched show in any language, with a staggering 1.65 billion hours watched in its first 28 days.

Manifest Season 4 will not be challenging the much-coveted record, but it could cause some turbulence (sorry, I couldn’t resist) on the English-language list. See the current top 10 of all time below.

Top 10 English Language TV Shows of All Time from Netflix

Top 10 English Language TV Shows of All Time from Netflix

Netflix Top 10

Manifest follows the passengers of Montego Air Flight 828, whose three-hour flight landed five years after it took off — at least for the rest of the world. Season 4 picks up two years after the brutal murder of Grace (Athena Karkanis). The Stone family lies in tatters as a devastated Ben (Josh Dallas) continues to mourn the loss of his wife and searches for his kidnapped daughter, Eden (Paisley Herrera), according to Netflix’s logline.

Season 4 of Jake Rake, who is still showrunner, also stars Melissa Roxburgh, Jack Messina, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Ty Doran, Parveen Kaur, Matt Long, Holly Taylor, and Daryl Edwards. In addition to Rake, Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Len Goldstein are executive producers.

Manifest Season 4: Part 1 premieres November 3 on Netflix.

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Lindsay Lowe

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