‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 9 a Ratings Win for Hallmark Channel

TL;DR: 

  • When Calls the Heart Season 9 averaged 2.9 million viewers per episode, according to Hallmark Channel. 
  • Hallmark has yet to renew the show for season 10. 
  • Executive producer Brian Bird says the series will “go forward” no matter what. 
People standing on the street and clapping in the 'When Calls the Heart' Season 9 finale
‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 9 | ©2022 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen

When Calls the Heart Season 9 was a ratings win for Hallmark Channel, attracting an average of 2.9 million viewers per episode. The news is sure to raise hopes among nervous fans that a season 10 renewal could be on the horizon. 

Nearly 3 million people watched each episode of ‘When Calls the Heart’ Season 9 

After a divisive season 8 finale that saw Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) choose Lucas (Chris McNally) over Nathan (Kevin McGarry) some long-time When Calls the Heart fans vowed to stop watching the show. But plenty of people continued to tune in, according to ratings figures recently shared by Hallmark. 

An average of 2.9 million total viewers watched each of season 9’s 12 episodes on an L+3 basis, according to Nielsen. The show is the most-watched original scripted series on entertainment cable year to date among households, women 18+, and total viewers. It was also the most-watched program among women 18+. 

However, When Calls the Heart’s Season 9 ratings were down a bit compared to season 8. An average of 3.3 million people watched each of that season’s 12 episodes. 

Will Hallmark renew the show for season 10?

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The ratings news from Hallmark comes as Hearties anxiously wait to hear whether the show will be renewed for season 10. 

In recent years, Hallmark has announced a new season of the popular period drama during the season finale broadcast. But season 9’s last episode came and went without a renewal announcement, leaving many fans to wonder if the network might be considering canceling the series. Many have been tweeting in support of the show, often with the hashtag #AllInForSeason10. 

While Hallmark has yet to confirm When Calls the Heart will return, it has assured nervous viewers that it will update them when there is news to share. “We will make an announcement about season 10 as soon as we have news!” the network tweeted on May 31 in response to a fan wondering about the show’s future. 

‘When Calls the Heart’ producer says the show will ‘go forward’ no matter what

Though When Calls the Heart’s future on Hallmark is up in the air at the moment, executive producer Brian Bird did have a reassuring message for Hearties in a recent interview with JLJ media (via YouTube). 

“There’s unfinished business in Hope Valley,” such as Bill Avery’s (Jack Wagner) health issues and Henry Gowen’s (Martin Cummins) legal troubles, Bird said. “We didn’t tie up everything in [the season finale]. Because we have no intention of riding off into the sunset ourselves with this show. We will never end the show unless we decided to end the show.” 

Bird went on to say that no matter what happened at Hallmark, the show could continue. 

“I don’t know when season 10 or if season 10 will be announced 100%. But all I’m saying is we still feel like we’re going to go forward. And we will no matter what. I can say that.”

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