Per a report from Telly Mix, the James Norton series on Sunday night generated in total 4.1 million viewers, a nice increase of around 700,000 from the week before. What this signals to us is that there were a substantial amount of viewers who were watching the show after the fact — with that, the ratings may actually be a little bit better than they appeared to be on the surface for most of its live figures. Given that McMafia is a BBC show and therefore doesn’t rely so much on ad revenue, we cannot really imagine network executives caring all that much about where some of the ratings are coming from. Really, they just want to ensure that they are getting viewers and the buzz.
While we’ve stated many times in the past already that the intention was for this series to be a limited run, who is to say that this could not change down the road? We do think that if the ratings in America are large enough and more viewers discover the show after the fact, there’s a reasonable good shot that something more could be made. It could also depend in part on Norton’s schedule — the stupidest thing out there right now are some of the people in the press trying to gauge whether or not he’ll be the next James Bond based on the ratings/reaction to this show. It really doesn’t have any bearing on anything Bond-related right now! (Just imagine, though, how terrible the Bond rumors are going to be when that casting search is actually heating up. That won’t happen most likely until Daniel Craig leaves the role.)
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