CBS’ murder mystery Harper’s Island came to a close on Saturday night after a crazy and horrific season. Will it be back for another round?
Harper’s Island tells the story of a group of family and friends who gather on an island for a wedding. One by one, the guests are murdered by a mysterious killer. The cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Katie Cassidy, Cameron Richardson, Adam Campbell, Richard Burgi, Jim Beaver, C.J. Thomason, Victor Webster, Jay Brazeau, Dean Chekvala, Matt Barr, and Harry Hamlin.
The show debuted on Thursday, April 9th and won the timeslot in total viewership (10.49 million) but was second in the 18-49 demographic with a 2.7/8 rating/share. Unfortunately, that represented a huge loss from its CSI lead-in. Many viewers also tuned out before the first episode of Harper’s Island was over.
Viewership for the subsequent episodes dropped each week and as a result, CBS sent the show packing to Saturday nights after three weeks on the air. Not surprisingly, the ratings took a bigger dive. They hit a low of 3.2 million with a 0.8/3 rating/share.
The mystery was constructed to run its course over 13 episodes. If the show had performed well, the plan was to do another season with a different cast and mystery. The series wasn’t a ratings winner so those plans won’t move forward.
Fortunately for devoted fans of the series, CBS aired the complete mystery and we learned who was behind the killings and why. If you missed the conclusion on Saturday night, you can watch it below.
Though this is the end of the show, the upcoming DVD set will include some extras that fans will enjoy. It’ll include deleted scenes, several featurettes, and audio commentaries from the cast and crew. The Harper’s island DVD set goes on sale September 8th, giving loyal viewers just enough time to forget enough details to be able to enjoy the mystery all over again.
Question for you… If there was going to be a second season, do you think any of the surviving characters should have been connected with the new mystery?
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