‘When Hope Calls’ Fans Urge Hallmark to Renew the Show for Season 2

In 2019, Hallmark Channel’s hit drama When Calls the Heart got its first spinoff. The new series When Hope Calls first aired exclusively on the network’s streaming-only service, Hallmark Movies Now. In February, it came to TV, with season 1 episodes airing on Sunday nights after When Calls the Heart 

The television broadcast of When Hope Calls has exposed a whole new group of people to the series. And those fans are looking forward to seeing another season of the show. They’ve been sending messages of support on social media and begging Hallmark to renew When Hope Calls.

Some Hearties were upset when they couldn’t watch ‘When Hope Calls’

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When Hope Calls | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Shane Mahood

When Hope Calls focused on two sisters named Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon). They grew up apart but reunited as adults and now run an orphanage in the small town of Brookfield, not far from Hope Valley. It co-stars RJ Hatanaka as Constable Gabe Kinslow, Greg Hovanessian as Chuck Stewart, and Wendy Crewson as Tess Stewart, Chuck’s mom. 

Initially, Hallmark intended the series as a streaming-only offering. But they faced some pushback from viewers who said they were interested in the show, but unwilling or unable to subscribe to the streaming service. Many were delighted when they learned that the series would air on the Hallmark Channel this year. 

Fans want to see more ‘When Hope Calls’

Lillian and Grace When Hope Calls
When Hope Calls | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Shane Mahood

Now that more fans have gotten a look at When Hope Calls, they’re eager to see more. 

“Who else is HOPing for a Season 2?” one tweeted. “Would love to see these amazing and talented cast back in Brookfield.”

Executive producer Brian Bird retweeted the message of support, adding the comment, “From your lips to @hallmarkchannel’s ears.”  

“[When Hope Calls] is such a well written, beautifully acted show!” another fan wrote in a tweet. “I love the unique piece each character brings to Brookfield. I truly cannot pick a favorite. Please renew this show for another season.”

On Instagram, a few people noted that the show had taken a bit longer to grow on them when compared to When Calls the Heart. But now they were eager to see the story continue. 

Is ‘When Hope Calls’ successful?

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When Hope Calls | ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Shane Mahood

Hallmark hasn’t revealed how many people watched When Hope Calls when it was first made available on Hallmark Movies Now. But Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, revealed in November 2019 that the service had recently reached 750,000 subscribers, up from 500,000 a year earlier. 

Since it began airing on Hallmark Channel, When Hope Calls has averaged 1.6 million viewers per episode, according to TV Series Finale. Viewership has increased a bit in the second half of the season. But it’s not as popular as When Calls the Heart, which has averaged 2.4 million viewers per episode in season 7. 

The When Hope Calls season finale airs Sunday, April 26 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.

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