BBC America Annouces Schedule Changes for 'Luther' & 'Broadchurch'

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August 16th, 2013


via press note:

Please note the following schedule changes for the premiere of Part Two of Luther and the premiere of Episode Five of Broadchurch.


Part Two of the new four-part Luther miniseries will now premiere Wednesday, September 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT with Episode Five of Broadchurch now premiering Wednesday at 10:00pm ET/PT.


The times/dates for all four parts of Luther are as follows:

  • PART ONE – Tuesday, September 3, 10:00pm ET/PT
  • PART TWO – Wednesday, September 4, 9:00pm ET/PT
    • PART THREE – Thursday, September 5, 10:00pm ET/PT
    • PART FOUR – Friday, September 6, 10:00pm ET/PT




Luther’s date with Mary and the promise of romance is interrupted by the news of another murder. The killer has struck again – the number of victims is escalating and fast. Faced with the repercussions of their public disagreement, Luther orders Ripley to investigate the murder of the internet tormentor (Jared Cass) on his own.  Meanwhile, he throws himself into a mountain of cold case files, determined to connect the past and present in order to predict the fetishist’s next move. Can he win this battle of wits in time to prevent the next horror?  Ripley must choose whether to turn a blind eye to Luther’s unorthodox policing or go on record, while Stark’s obsession with Luther deepens and DCI Gray finds that the line between right and wrong is becoming increasingly blurred.


As Hardy and Ellie come under fire, the people of Broadchurch start to turn against each other. Will a vital new piece of evidence lead Ellie and Hardy to the killer?

  • PurpleDrazi

    I suspect this is because the ratings for Broadchurch are rather low and it needs help from a good lead-in.

    Shame really because Broadchurch is really good. The Brits know how to do a murder mystery like nobody’s business.

  • UKTVFan

    I don’t think Luther helps as a lead-in, unfortunately, as Luther S2 averaged just 124,000 viewers when it premiered on Wednesdays at 10pm, which is very low, even for BBC America.

    My guess is that Broadchurch is doing well enough (even 200,000-300,000 viewers would be sufficient) that BBC America decided skipping a week would be bad — originally, Luther S3 was airing at 10pm From September 3-6, with no episode of Broadchurch on September 4.

    The “Luther S3 over four nights” stunt feels like a burnoff to me. Based on the Luther S2 ratings, BBC America probably shouldn’t have picked up, let alone co-produced, S3, as the channel is probably losing money on the show.

  • Barb

    It would have been better off if Broadchurch landed on PBS rather than BBCA then it would be getting a wider audience. With all the commercial breaks they’ve added (from what I’ve heard – already got the DVD from the UK so not tuning in), probably ain’t helping watching it live but instead going to iTunes or Amazon instead.

  • Nick

    UKTVFan – you’re dead on. Broadchurch premiered to 660K viewers for BBC America.

  • UKTVFan

    Wow, 660,000 viewers for the Broadchurch premiere is great for BBC America. Nick, do you have the numbers for the 9pm premiere of Law & Order: UK last week? I don’t think L&O:UK has ever scored 600,000+ viewers.

    Nick, if it’s not too much to ask, how did Broadchurch episode 2 do this Wednesday? All shows usually drop the second week, but even a drop of 20% would put Broadchurch over 500,000 viewers, which is definitely a hit for BBC America.

  • cimmer

    anything that helps Broadchurch is fine with me, I’m really enjoying the show.

  • Nick

    Episode two was 345K, a steeper drop than you’d expect but still good. L&O: UK delivered 274K viewers for episode one and 214K for episode two.

  • tomsman

    I am really enjoying Broadchurch. What I’m not enjoying are the constant typos and misspellings there are on some of these pages. What I find most annoying is when there is such an obvious one – like the third word of the title of the article. The lack of spell checking and proofing on this site mystifies me. It is so unprofessional.

  • Jon Beeman

    I enjoyed David on Dr Who but didn’t think was anything special as an actor but after watching the full Broadchurch I’ve changed my opinion. Not only did he do an exceptional job on this but all the players did a bang up job and I only hope that there will be more to come from these two detectives. Bravo for the series.

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