After the first season of The Bridge, some were questioning FX’s decision to proceed with a second season. The cable network is known for giving its shows every possible chance to grow, so it stuck with the remake of the Scandinavian drama for another 13 episodes. The series didn’t improve in the ratings or critical reception, leading to today’s cancellation.
The Bridge, an adaptation of the Scandi series Bron about a bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, starred Diane Kruger as El Paso PD Sonya Cross and Damien Bichir as Marco Ruiz her counterpart from the Chihuahua State Police, who team to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.
The series got off to a strong start on July 10, 2013, debuting to 3.04 million viewers in Live+Same Day, a number that jumped up in Live+3 to 4.64 million viewers to become the network’s biggest launch ever. But by the end of Season 1, the show had lost half of its audience, with the first season finale drawing 1.5 million in L+SD. Still, that first season ranked the No. 1 new scripted cable series of the summer in key demos.
Season 2 got on where Season 1 left off, with the season opener pulling in 1.5 million viewers in L+SD. Viewership declined pretty steadily to a 1.0 million by the last two episodes. With the L+3 bump, the Season 2 and now series finale, which aired October 1, drew 1.98 million viewers and 767,000 in the 18-49 demo.
The second season of The Bridge was helmed by one of the series’ original co-developer/co-showrunners, Elwood Reid as Meredith Stiehm departed after Season 1 to return to Homeland. This season the show also departed from the serial killer plot that drove Season 1.