Here’s some acquisitions news that broke while I was off over the past week or so. UKTV’s Dave channel has dropped their prime U.S. acquisition Suits after six seasons, leaving the series without a UK broadcaster.
“Suits has been an important and much-loved part of Dave’s schedule for a number of years, but as the channel evolves so must its programme offering”, a representative of UKTV said in a statement. “We can confirm that Dave will not be renewing its licensing deal for Suits following the sixth season of the show.
The news, which was first reported by Geektown, is something of a surprise. While ratings have dropped from the highs of earlier seasons, Suits was nevertheless a decent ratings performer, with the show’s sixth season bringing in around 400K viewers. NBCUniversal International Distribution is now looking for a new UK broadcast partner for the show. Universal Channel and Netflix UK are considered the most likely homes, I’m told.
With Dave’s flagship acquisition now gone, what about their other show The Last Man On Earth? TVWise understands that as things presently stand UKTV does not currently hold the rights to any future seasons of the show, as the deal they inked in 2015 only covered seasons one and two. I’m hearing that UKTV is engaged in “tough negotiations” with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and the show’s future on the channel is not immediately clear. For the past few months, there have been persistent rumours of Dave abandoning U.S. acquisitions altogether, though this has been flatly denied by representatives of UKTV.