BBC axes post-apocalyptic off-world Outcasts
Posted by Rich Cross on March 19, 2011
The BBC has confirmed that the post-apocalyptic off-world science-fiction drama Outcasts has been cancelled after one series.
Outcasts‘ opening episode attracted 4.45m viewers (a 17.9% audience share), but by episode three viewing figures had slipped to 2.95m, and to 2.6m for episode four, amidst a largely hostile critical reception.
In response to the weak viewing figures, the BBC moved the drama from its 9pm Monday night slot to 10.25pm on Sunday – an indication that it had effectively abandoned its support for the show. The BBC explained:
“BBC One commissions a large number of new drama series each year and inevitably there will be some that do not engage as wide an audience as we would like them to […] We are proud to have brought this original and high quality drama to the audience but unfortunately it did not engage enough of them to justify playing the full series out in a 9pm slot.”
On 13 March 2011, the final episode of the eight-part series drew 1.56m viewers (11.6%). The following day the BBC confirmed that Outcasts would not be returning.