CTV ending Played

"Played" GalleryPhoto: Jan Thijs 2013

It won’t be Played again, Sam.

Following reports emerging on Twitter, Bell Media confirmed Thursday that it will not be bringing back its original drama Played to CTV.

Of the decision to end the series, Scott Henderson, VP communications, Bell Media, issued the following statement:

“We’re really proud of the series, and the producers and actors who worked so hard to create it. We believed in Played, and gave it the best possible launch platform, with massive promotional, marketing and PR efforts, and a great timeslot, allowing it to launch to respectable numbers. Unfortunately, viewership was not strong enough overall to justify a second season order.”

The series averaged 736,000 viewers per episode.

As stated by Henderson, Bell Media put a fair amount of media might behind the series, using it as a focus of its fall media campaign and featuring a companion web series, Interference, online and on its CTV GO app.

The series finale aired Dec. 19 on CTV with back-to-back episodes.

From Playback Daily

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  • Me D.A. Buyer

    They could substitute Played with Spun Out. Exactly the same….with the exception of the ratings; its doesn’t do that well. Its awful, what a dud. Please CTV, save us from a 2nd season of this non-laugh track! Its as bad as Dave Foley’s coloured hair.