Is there still a chance for a Counterpart season 3, following the show’s finale tonight on Starz? We think it is a worthy subject of discussion if nothing else.
If you missed the news earlier this month, the JK Simmons drama was formally canceled after just a two-season run. While mostly loved by critics (especially for the second half of season 2), that really didn’t matter to Starz at the end of the day. There are certain thresholds that most of their shows have to get to in terms of numbers and this show just wasn’t getting there. This season was averaging only slightly more than 200,000 viewers live; while the actual numbers were significantly higher than this (the majority of Starz viewers don’t watch their shows live, especially on traditional television), the series clearly lagged far behind some of their bigger hits like Power or Outlander. The live viewership for this season was down almost 40% from what we saw in the first season, and we don’t think that live viewing patterns shifted this much from one year to the next. Something happened to cause Counterpart to shed some viewers.
If there is some good news, it’s that we think there’s still at least a small chance that the series finds a home elsewhere — it’s just going to have to take a network or streaming partner who really believes in the concept, and that it could find a little bit more of a following on their platform. We don’t think HBO or Showtime will be altogether eager to pick it up with the viewership that it has; however, we do think that the show would be an interesting fit over on Amazon, which is looking for series with some star power. Meanwhile, Hulu could use another prominent drama series to go along with The Handmaid’s Tale. We don’t foresee Netflix being a strong candidate, mostly because we don’t foresee Netflix being in the business of saving shows with small audiences elsewhere. They have revived both Lucifer and Designated Survivor in the past year, but those were both shows that aired on network television and were getting more than ten times the live viewership that Counterpart was for season 2.
In the end, we’re anticipating that tonight’s season finale will end up being the series finale, unfortunately — yet, we’ll come back with some more discussion if there is a little bit more to discuss down the line.
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