Because of a timeslot set against a tough competition, “Gracepoint” hasn't really picked up with the ratings on FOX. The show, which was originally set as a limited series, was open to the possibility of a renewal, should it do well. But the network announced the series will not be renewed. Read on for more about this update.
According to TVLine, the series finale of “Gracepoint,” which aired last Dec. 12, earned a total of 4 million viewers in its Thursday 9:00 p.m. timeslot. It also had just 0.9 rating in the crucial 18-49 demographic. These numbers were apparently not enough to grant the show a second season, especially since the show’s ratings since its premiere in October did not improve.
The show also received some criticisms about how similar it was to “Broadchurch,” the original U.K. series “Gracepoint” was based on. But it was the production’s intention to do the adaptation as similar as possible, making only minimal changes to the ending and the identity of the killer. In fact, “Gracepoint” even enlisted David Tennant to play the same lead role, as he did on "Broadchurch." Tennant was the story’s head investigator on both shows. The series also enlisted its British creator, writer and director, Chris Chibnail, to do a shot-for-shot interpretation of the show’s pilot episode.
Praises for “Gracepoint,” however, were not entirely lost, as its cast members Anna Gunn, Virginia Kull and Michael Pena have impressed critics with their performance.
“Gracepoint” centered on the mysteries surrounding the murder of a young boy in small seaside town of California. The crime attracted national news and turned the lives of some of its locals upside down. The show aired for ten episodes.
Meanwhile, as “Gracepoint” is essentially over, the original series “Broadchurch” will begin its second run in the U.K. in January, as reported here on MNG. The show is also going to run in BBC America for those in the United States while the previous season will stream on Netflix by January.
So, that’s the final word on “Gracepoint,” which will no longer be moving forward for a second season on FOX. For more television news and entertainment updates, check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.
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