An NBC drama series that recently wrapped its season has been canceled. Variety reports that NBC pulled the plug on “A.D.: The Bible Continues” after its one-season run.
The report notes that producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey “plan to return to the greatest story ever told on their nascent digital channel.”
“A.D.,” which picked up where the hit 2013 miniseries “The Bible” left off, averaged about 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 based on live-plus-7 Nielsen figures, Variety notes. The show’s 12-episode run on NBC wrapped June 21.
“The numbers were too soft for a renewal on NBC,” Variety notes. “But now that the ‘A.D.’ moniker is established with a devoted cadre of viewers, Burnett and Downey see it as a perfect tentpole for the launch of the OTT channel they have been working on since partnering with MGM to form United Artists Media Group last fall.”
The new channel, which will focus on faith-based content, is expected to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017.