UPDATE 5/27: Debris is now officially cancelled, as predicted. See news on TVline.
Many science-fiction shows don’t last very long on network television due to high budgets and lower ratings. Will Debris be an exception and be renewed for season 2? Our data models show that Debris is actually at high risk of cancellation, even though things have been looking up in the latest April & May episodes with a finale that promises to “turn the plot upside down”.
Debris on NBC at Risk of Getting Cancelled with No Season 2
Offical Status for Season 2: The show has NOT been renewed or cancelled yet
Renewal chances: 54% (At risk of cancellation). Up from 48% in April.
After mysterious debris keeps falling from the sky, intelligence agencies are forced to investigate it. Turns out, it is not just some alloy and metal. Strange and unexplained phenomena surround the debris. And two international agents set out on a journey to track it down. Despite an interesting plot, the sci-fi thriller failed to sustain as much viewership as one would expect.
Considering its gradual and continuous drop in viewership, will the network renew it for a second season? Our data analysts at TVscorecards keep track of hundreds of data points to estimate renewal chances for each TV series. We have calculated a “Renewal Score” to predict if Debris will be renewed or not. Check out our renewal scorecard below for Debris Season 2.
Factors Putting “Debris” Season 2 At Risk
A drop in viewership: Debris premiere ratings were not all that bad but they plunged with each new episode. The show was drawing about 2.7 million viewers in its starting episodes but fell behind its direct competition with The Good Doctor on ABC which scores over 4 million viewers. The viewership satisfaction score has also only been slightly above average at 68%.
NBC doesn’t usually do sci-fi: Sci-fi and NBC don’t seem like a fitting collaboration. With comedy and crime being the network’s usual offerings, it might not pursue further with Debris which also requires a lot more budget.
Why would Debris be renewed for season 2?
Steady trend in April/May 2021. Despite a drop in viewer, the show’s viewership has been steady from end of March to May 2021. This is a positive signal that NBC could count on that loyal base for 2021-2022. The question is: does NBC think 2.5 million viewers is enough?
High viewer satisfaction scores in April/May 2021. Debris started the year in Q1 with a slightly below average TVscorecards user satisfaction score of 68%. However, the score has been trending up in the last 4 episodes and the show is now at 72% and increasing. Debris star Jonathan Tucker says the finale ‘will turn the whole thing upside down’ and it is possible that NBC will bet on a season 2 next year if the season 2 plot is compelling. The showrunner certainly appears to be planning for it.
Renewal/cancellation Status: Cancelled
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About this show:
Debris was first ordered as a pilot by NBC in January 2020 and completed just in time before the TV studio shutdowns. Debris was picked up by NBC for a full season on June 29, 2020.
Debris is a supernatural series that features two agents investigating wreckage from an alien spacecraft that crashed on the earth, with mysterious consequences for mankind. The parts from the spacecrafts are starting to behave in ways that go against principles of physics and might change the entire world. More is coming from an alien world.
Jonathan Tucker plays one of the agents Bryan Beneventi, a CIA agent investigating strange occurrences. British actress Riann Steele plays Finola Jones, an MI6 agent from the UK who ends up working with Bryan to investigate the mysterious spacecraft.
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