It was a killer ending on July 11 for Harper’s Island, CBS’ limited-run series about a serial murderer who wreaks havoc on a Pacific Northwest wedding. Unfortunately, the killer’s final slash of the knife marked the end of the horror series, as well. Though the show’s finale may have attracted its best audience (3.8 million) since May 23, insiders insist there won’t be another installment of the show that starred Christopher Gorham, Elaine Cassidy, and Katie Cassidy. CBS won’t officially comment, but the heavily-serialized drama was never a star performer — it averaged 4.8 million viewers over its 13-episode run — thus it being relegated to Saturdays after briefly airing on Thursdays in the spring.
The series was originally designed as a Survivor-style anthology; the show could reinvent itself with a new locale and fresh players each season but the conceit would largely remain the same, i.e. a killer’s on the loose and he/she is racking up victims over a 13-week period.
Rather than canceling the struggling serialized murder mystery Harper’s Island, CBS announced today it will move the show from Thursdays at 10pm to Saturdays at 9pm, starting May 2. According to a network release, the 13-week limited series showed improvement in DVR and online viewership, an indication that it had enough of an audience to sustain the show through the end of its run.
Described as a cross between Lost, Ten Little Indians and One Tree Hill, the new CBS horror series Harper’s Island promises thrills, chills and gore in its 13-episode season. This murder mystery follows a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island for the destination wedding of Henry (Christopher Gorham) and Trish (Katie Cassidy). As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival. Everyone is a suspect. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive.
Harper’s Island not only exceeded many expectations in its late-season premiere, but even took on John Wells … and won.
The weekly murder mystery about a wedding on an island gone bad earned a 6.7 rating/12 share Thursday, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen Media Research. That was enough to win the hour, and even best the series premiere of “Southland” on NBC.