'Copper' Canceled by BBC America After 2 Seasons

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September 19th, 2013

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BBC America has canceled Copper after two seasons, Variety reports. The ratings for the critically acclaimed drama dropped from its first to its second season.  The series finale will air this Sunday, September 22.

  • mathew

    when should we here about camp, whodunnit, oh sit! and capture?

  • greenrun99

    WTF!!! This show was awesome.. Figures!!

  • elyfant

    Loved this show. So sad to see it go.

  • j

    Was it really critically acclaimed? It got a 66 on Metacritic. Eh.

  • Fake Me Out

    I’d say too bad but I don’t know what the 2nd season has been like … I’ve been saving them up to binge watch after the finale … it had better not end on a cliffhanger else I shall be angered and looking to smite those responsible.


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  • DeeAgeaux

    They announce the cancellation 4 days before the finale?

    Why not after?

  • MFB

    On a related BBC America note, any ratings for Torchwood: Miracle Day’s “premiere”?

  • UKTVFan

    Not surprising at all. In the overnights, S1 averaged nearly 0.700 million viewers and 0.21 in the 18-49 demo, while S2 has averaged about 0.400 million viewers and 0.08 in the demo. Copper wasn’t cheap (BBC America produced it solo), and those S2 ratings didn’t bring enough revenue.

    For some BBC America ratings context, Ripper Street S1 had about the same number of viewers and demo as Copper S2, but it is a co-production, so it costs less. Orphan Black S1 had about the same number of viewers as Copper S2, but double the demo, and it is a co-production, so it costs less and pulls in more ad revenue.

  • postman

    I guess it was just to real for tv like deadwood

  • Wright

    WTH…I LOVE Copper. My day is now ruined. Thanks alot BBC America.

  • Connie

    Well that just SUCKS!!! This season has been sooooooooooooo good. Sad to see it go, but as usual, networks are NOT giving shows a chance anymore.

  • UKTVFan

    Connie, if you read my post above, you’ll see that Copper’s cancellation has nothing to do with networks “not giving shows a chance anymore.” The ratings for Copper S2 were much lower than those for S1, which made the show unprofitable. If more people had watched S2, then the show would have made a profit, and BBC America would have ordered S3.

  • Wright

    I always have a hard time deciding which BBC shows to watch. Everytime I get invested in one they cancel it. Ex. The Fades, Survivors, Outcasts and Demons.

  • Pants on Fire

    Somebody call Ray Donovan. ..he will fix this ASAP.

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  • MFB

    @Wright, I’m still waiting for Ashes to Ashes season 3. Only three seasons/series made and they aired two. Argh.

  • Julian

    I’ve found S2 to be a drop in quality compared to Cooper’s very good S1. Co-creator Tom Fontana brought on Thomas Kelly (Blue Bloods producer) to be showrunner and wanted an emphasis on expanding the show.

    The result has been a bigger budget, more shooting days and a myriad of guest castings (Alfre Woodard, Donal Logue and Billy Baldwin etc.), none of which have helped this season surpass the first and the ratings drop I believe reflects that.

  • Colin

    No surprise here.

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