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More ‘Luther’ in production in U.K., but BBC America decision awaits

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The season-one finale of “Luther” airs Sunday on BBC America, and though the Idris Elba/Ruth Wilson combo is back in production for more in the U.K., a spokesperson for BBC America said that it will be a month or two before the cabler decides whether more “Luther” will be aired Stateside.

The first three episodes of the six-episode first season (a thriller in my eyes) averaged 230,000 viewers (live + 7) for BBC America, which might not sound encouraging at first, but represents a 42% increase relative to BBC America’s primetime average. By comparison, “Luther” drew 6.35 million viewers for its May 4 premiere on the U.K.’s BBC1, before settling into the 4 million range.

The next batch of “Luther,” a BBC and BBC America co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide, has actually been commissioned as two two-hour movies for the U.K. Neil Cross created the series and has written every episode.

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