‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 7 Was the Most-Watched in the Show’s History

Loyal Hearties helped make When Calls the Heart Season 7 the most-watched in the show’s history. The beloved period drama ended the season as one of the top scripted dramas on cable in 2020, according to Hallmark Channel. The show was recently renewed for an eighth season

More than 3 million people watched the ‘When Calls the Heart’ season finale 

Elizabeth and Lucas in When Calls the Heart
Erin Krakow and Chris McNally in When Calls the Heart | ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen

The much-anticipated When Calls the Heart season finale aired Sunday, April 26, pulling in 3.6 million viewers on a live+3 basis. It was a strong end to the show’s most successful season ever. 

Not only was the finale episode “Don’t Go” the most-watched in series history, but the WCTH also ended its season 7 run as 2020’s most-watched original scripted series on ad-supported cable among women over the age of 18. Overall, this season of When Calls the Heart was also the most-watched among households, total viewers, and women 18+. 

The season-ending episode of Hallmark’s flagship drama also capped off a strong month for the network. With millions of people stuck at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns, the feel-good channel posted its strongest April viewership numbers in a decade. 

‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 8 is coming in 2021

Lee and Rosemary in When Calls the Heart
Kavan Smith and Pascale Hutton in When Calls the Heart | ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs

With such an enthusiastic fanbase, it’s not a huge surprise that Hallmark decided to renew the series. Star Erin Krakow announced the news during the season finale broadcast. The show will return in 2021.

“From my heart, and home to yours, I am thrilled to announce the all new Season 8 of When Calls the Heart coming next year,” Krakow said. “We can’t wait to see you back in Hope Valley.”

The show’s creators had been urging Hearties to show their support for the show online. Before the season 8 renewal was announced, producer Brian Bird directed fans to indicate their desire for more Hope Valley drama by tweeting at Hallmark Channel, as “they are the ones who have to decide and announce the renewal.”

Fans want more Hope Valley 

Since the WCTH finale aired, Hearties have also been asking the network to expand the upcoming season 8 beyond the traditional 10 episodes by tweeting with the hashtag #MoreHopeValley. The cast has also been getting in on the effort. 

“We have so much fun on set! Let’s have more episodes for more fun!,” tweeted Jaeda Lily Miller, who plays Allie.

“Make some noise folks. It’s not very often a network is willing to listen to its fans like this,” tweeted Kavan Smith (Lee Coulter). “MORE EPISODES! LONGER SEASONS! SHORTER HIATUS!”

Pascale Hutton, who portrays Smith’s onscreen wife Rosemary, also said she’d love to spend more time on set. “I love my Hope Valley cast and crew so much I’d shoot as many episodes as @hallmarkchannel & [Hallmark’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Network Publicity] @MichelleVicary would give us,” she tweeted

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