EXCLUSIVE: After airing the show’s first three seasons between 2013 and 2014, UKTV has decided not to acquire the fourth and final season of the Syfy drama series Being Human from international distributor Zodiak Rights for their flagship entertainment channel Watch, TVWise has learned exclusively.
Based on the BBC Three series of the same name, Being Human revolves around a trio consisting of a Vampire, a ghost and a werewolf all trying to live normal lives, in effect being human. The drama series, which was cancelled after its fourth season, is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Zodiak USA & stars Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Dichen Lachman and Kristen Hager.
Being Human, which aired on Watch as Being Human USA to differentiate it from the original, is an interesting one. Zodiak held back the rights to the US version of the show while the original was still airing on BBC Three, only making it available for buyers to bid on in 2013. UKTV was then able to outmanoeuvre several other UK broadcaster to land the show and at the time they trumpeted the acquisition as the “perfect fit for Watch”.
The decision to hold back the show in the UK market may have hurt it, however, as when the U.S. version of Being Human launched on Watch it was unable to draw a sizeable audience, averaging an audience of around 100K viewers – more than half the numbers for Beauty & The Beast and well below the audience for Grimm (which is pushing 1 million viewers). The show’s second and third seasons suffered similarly soft ratings, prompting the decision not to acquire season four.
“Being Human USA didn’t resonate with our audience as much as we had hoped and, as we are already well stocked on high concept shows such as Grimm, Beauty and the Beast and The Strain, we have decided against acquiring future series of the show”, a representative of UKTV said in a statement to TVWise.
The news that UKTV has decided not to acquire the final season of Being Human USA comes shortly after TVWise revealed that the channel has also opted not to continue with Canadian import Saving Hope, starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks. The rest of the channel’s first run U.S. imports – consisting of Beauty & The Beast, Grimm and The Strain – will be returning, however, after UKTV picked up the rights to future seasons of all three shows. Watch also recently picked up the ABC drama Secrets & Lies, which premieres on September 9th.