NBC's biggest new show is Manifest, a series which so far seems to be asking "What if Lost, but Found?" The show has hit a chord with viewers, with the premiere breaking a rating record for the Peacock Network going from 10 million Live+Same-day viewers to 16 million when DVR watchers were added in the Live+3 calculations. This is the biggest jump NBC has seen when adding in time shifters in six years, longer than our passengers were missing on the plane. These Manifest theories suggest the central mystery is compelling enough to keep viewership high for the rest of the fall season.
It helped this week's episode of Manifest narrowed down the 191 passengers to a far more manageable 20, including Michaela and Ben, who both turned up at the site of the plane just before it blew up at the end of last week's premiere. These are the ones the NSA is honing in on, and who seem to be experiencing different kinds of crazy ESP moments, whether it be voices telling them of dangers, music, or other weird phenomena. Cal is part of the group of 20 as well, as is his doctor, Saanvi. But what exactly is happening to them?