Debris: Sci-Fi Drama Series Cancelled After One Season At NBC

Variety is exclusively reporting that NBC have cancelled sci-fi drama series Debris after one season.


The official synopsis for the series is as follows:

When mysterious wreckage starts falling from the sky, a secretive international agency is tasked with figuring out what it is, where it came from, and most importantly…what it can do. British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi are partners who have very different styles; she’s warm, intuitive and detail-oriented, and he’s charming, confident and guarded. But they have no choice but to trust each other as they track down the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere. Each fragment has unpredictable, powerful and sometimes dangerous effects on the everyday people who find it. Every discovery is also a race against time, because shadowy outside forces seek these objects for nefarious purposes.


The cancellation, which comes days after the first season finale, doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to the news outlet, stating that the series was averaging a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and just gaining under 5m viewers per episode in the Nielsen Live+7 numbers season to date, with TVLine further detailing that out of the 14 dramas that aired this season on NBC, Debris ranked 10th in the key demographic and 11th in total audience. It’s a shame as Debris hasn’t come out yet over in the UK and Ireland, though usually high-concept sci-fi dramas don’t have a long shelf-life for weekly network viewership, and it’s difficult to get interested in a series that’s you already know has been cancelled, but if you were to play the optimist, if the series manages to pull an interesting amount of viewership once it becomes available on the Peacock streaming service, especially in this binge culture we currently live in, maybe there will be some life for Debris in the future.


The series was created by Joel H. Wyman, who also executive produced alongside Jason Hoffs, Brad Anderson, Samantha Corbin-Miller, and Jeff Vlaming, and starred Jonathan TuckerRiann Steele, Scroobius Pip, Norbert Leo Butz, Anjali Jay, Gabrielle Ryan, Sebastian Roché, Thomas Cadrot, Andrea Stefancikova, Tyrone Benskin, Armin Karame, Jennifer Copping and Ben Cotton.