“We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through,” a BBC spokesperson said in a statement.
Angered fans have already started an online petition to commission a third season, which has already garnered over 5,000 signatures. The petition states:
Critics and fans from all over the world adore this show. It’s unique, it’s gripping – and, most importantly, it shows the BBC is still willing to deal with heavyweight issues. If the BBC hopes to contend with other high-quality channels, such as HBO, it desperately needs ‘The Hour’ on its team. In an age of dumbing-down, it is important that the BBC remembers its own purpose: to inform, educate, and entertain. Please bring back ‘The Hour’ for a third series!
Despite being nominated for several awards including BAFTAs and four Golden Globes last year, the second season of “The Hour” only opened with 1.68 million viewers, compared to the first season premiere’s 2.89 million viewers.