The Total SciFi site reports ‘exclusively’ that the Survivors production team has learnt that the BBC will not be commissioning a third series of the show.
Total Sci-Fi has learned that the BBC has decided not to commission a third series of Survivors, the reinvention of Terry Nation’s 1970s post-apocalyptic series.
“Sadly the BBC aren’t going to do any more Survivors,” a source close to the production told Total Sci-Fi. “They expressed genuine affection for the show and a real desire to go again but felt that with the ratings having slipped a little since the first series they couldn’t take the risk. The sad truth is that we’re somewhat the victims of having gone out on the main channel – in some ways the exposure is wonderful but in other ways it’s a mixed blessing.
“Shows like Torchwood and Being Human benefitted from growing their audiences on the digital channels where it’s easier for this kind of genre show to grow and develop without being judged. With ratings over 4 million, Survivors would be considered to have a very substantial audience almost anywhere else except BBC1 and perhaps ITV.”
The source added that the cast and production team felt they had “truly begun to hit our creative stride in series 2” and were upset at not getting the chance to develop the series further.