NBC tunes out The Listener

The telepathic medic drama has been sidelined in the US by a heavy pro-sports competition. But a second season is still possible, says Jennings.

NBC has sidelined The Listener, but the show goes on, possibly for a second season, Shaftesbury Films topper Christina Jennings said Thursday.

‘Whether NBC is in or out is immaterial,’ says Jennings when asked about a sophomore outing for the Canadian drama, after NBC said it will replace The Listener on Thursday nights with Law & Order repeats from July 30. The Peacock channel is to stream the five remaining eps of its 13-episode order on NBC.com through August.

The series about a paramedic with telepathic powers was originally slated to run through August in US prime time, but posted poor audience numbers stateside, including a 0.7 rating and 2 share among adults 18 to 49 last Thursday.

North of the border, The Listener will continue to air Thursdays at 7 pm on Space and 10 pm on CTV, where it has pulled in an average audience of 981,000 viewers since its June 4 bow. Jennings said the future for The Listener now hinges on CTV and Fox International, and other international markets. The Listener pulled in 793,000 viewers last Thursday on CTV, making it 16th among the top 20 programs on Canadian TV this summer.

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