After a few years of rising numbers, last year, the Nielsen ratings for Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart TV show settled in and ended up just a bit down. Still, the Canadian-American TV series has a fiercely devoted audience who keeps returning, so Hallmark has even developed an upcoming spin-off, When Calls Hope. Will the season six ratings be negatively impacted by the departure of Daniel Lissing? Will When Calls the Heart be cancelled or renewed for season seven? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A western family drama, When Calls the Heart stars Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Martin Cummins, Pascale Hutton, and Kavan Smith. Inspired by the Janette Oke novel, the Hallmark TV series centers on Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow), a young teacher from a high society background. When she is assigned to teach in a coal country classroom, her life completely changes, particularly when she meets Royal North West Mounted Policie Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). Season six kicks off with the recently widowed Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton anticipating the arrival of Jack’s posthumous baby.
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Note: Although Hallmark Channel separates the When Calls the Heart holiday special from the regular season, the two-hour movie which premieres on Christmas Day 2018 has a season six production number, so we include the movie’s ratings as part of season six.
For comparisons: The fifth season of When Calls the Heart on Hallmark averaged a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.325 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you like the When Calls the Heart TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for season seven on Hallmark Channel?
*3/18/19 update: The series has not been cancelled but, following Loughlin’s arrest, Hallmark pulled the remaining season six episodes. It seems that the intent is to rework the episodes (presumably to remove Loughlin) and air them at a later date. We’ll update you when we have a date.
*4/10/19 update: Season six of When Calls the Heart returns May 5, 2019.