‘When Calls the Heart’ Renewed for An Eighth Season by Hallmark Channel

When Calls the Heart, Jack Wagner, Kevin McGarry
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“When Calls the Heart” has been picked up for an eighth season by Hallmark Channel. The news was announced by series star Erin Krakow (Elizabeth Thornton) following Sunday night’s season seven finale.

“WoooHooo Season 8,” wrote Krakow’s co-star, Jack Wagner (“General Hospital,” “Melrose Place”), on Twitter following news of the renewal. “Thanks to all of you!! Such a pleasure to share this journey with you all. Sending you all a ton of Love & please stay safe.” Wagner portrays Bill Avery on the series which is set in the fictional town of Hope Valley.

Ending its seventh season on Hallmark Cannel, the hit drama’s ratings momentum continued with this season’s previous episode (#7009) ranking as the highest-rated episode in the series’ history. The program ranked as the #1 original scripted series of the week and marks the #2 original scripted series on ad-supported cable in 2020-to-date among Households, Total Viewers and Women 18+. On a Live +3 basis, the program delivered a 3.3 Household rating, 3.1 million Total Viewers, and 477,000 Women 25-54. The episode reached over 3.7 million unduplicated total viewers.

Source: Nielsen, December 30, 2019 – April 19, 2020