Wentworth remains one of the most critically acclaimed crime series from Down Under. However, ratings for the show have greatly been declining in the United Kingdom recently. Will this really force TV executives to ax the Australian crime drama soon? Will Wentworth Season 5 no longer push through?
The prison drama started out as an “audience favorite” when it premiered in UK a few years ago. However, the show has fallen on hard times in terms of recorded viewership. UK’s Channel 5 has even transferred the show to its digital counterpart, 5Star, earlier this week. Does this mean the series is one step closer to cancellation?
According to PremiereDate.TV, neither Foxtel nor Soho has confirmed if Wentworth Season 5 is still a go. However, the show’s ratings abroad really have declined. The show remains popular and well-received among its fans, though. Why then have their ratings declined?
According to News Australia, online pirates caused the sizable ratings drop. The series premiered to a 2.4 million strong British audience in 2014. However, last week’s episode didn’t even reach a million viewers. It reportedly only got an audience of about 110,000. Fans are not tuning in anymore, not because they’re no longer fans of the show, though. They’re reportedly no longer tuning in because they’ve already watched the series through illegal channels.
Viewers from the UK get Wentworth episodes two months after they premiere in Australia. Die-hard fans, who just can’t wait that long, have reportedly turned to pirated copies of the show online, which appear almost as soon as they broadcast in Australia. Will this really cause problems for the show moving forward?
According to Foxtel, it just might. In a statement, the company described piracy as “a serious problem in terms of recouping money to help pay for future seasons.” If this problem persists, the network might find alternative ways to make money off the series, including discontinuing the show altogether.
Will the Australian TV network still push for a Wentworth Season 5? No word as of yet to confirm this. Stay tuned for updates.