Victorian-era drama Ripper Street will not return for a 3rd season after failing to pull sufficient numbers for BBC One. A spokesperson tells Deadline, “We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC One. However, the second series didn’t bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won’t be returning.” The eight-part crime series that’s a co-production with BBC America, stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. It’s set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders. The action centers on the H Division group of detectives who investigated the murders and tried to keep the peace in a panicked section of east London. Season 1 debuted in the UK in late 2012 and on BBC America in early 2013. Its first BBC One season started out strong and ended up averaging about 5M over the initial run. Season 2 kicked off in the UK in October, but last Monday’s episode was down to 3.26M for a 13% share. This season, it’s had to contend with airing up against ITV’s hit reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, which last week hit a low of 8.21M. Word of Ripper Street‘s cancellation was met with upset in the UK, where twitter was vocal about the decision. Actor Flynn told BBC radio, “We’re all in absolute shock because it was a wonderful job and we feel like it’s kind of this unfinished work. So we’re hoping it will turn around if anybody from the BBC is listening.”
BBC One‘s Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson today confirmed a second season order of crime drama Ripper Street, just as the first season heads into the home stretch in the UK. The BBC America co-production will start shooting eight new episodes this spring for an as-yet unspecified 2014 air date. Ripper Street debuted on BBC America on January 19, three weeks after its UK bow on BBC One where it has faced tough competition from rival ITV’s Jeremy Piven period drama Mr Selfridge in the same timeslot. However, it’s been gaining in recent weeks for a consolidated average of 7.1M viewers and a 22.9% share over its first five outings. Richard Warlow created and exec produces the series that stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg in 1889 London and the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders. Warlow said today that the second season will “move forward into the 1890s: the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labor pains of a modern world on the rise.”
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At a lunchtime panel at today’s TCA, Ray McKinnon, creator/writer/executive producer of Sundance series Rectify, was adamant about not revealing whether the serialized story would provide a traditional ending. But at another panel an hour …