A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision.
Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing franchise. In April, ahead of the series’ Easter debut, Burnett told Deadline that writers already were working on scripts for Season 2. That may now happen on another platform.
After an OK start with virtually no lead-in — a 2.3 Live+Same Day rating in 18-49 and 9.5 million total viewers — A.D.‘s numbers quickly fell off, and the biblical drama ended its 12-episode run with a 0.7 demo rating in Live+SD for its final two installments. A.D. joins time-slot mate American Odyssey, which also was recently cancelled after one season.