Primeval will not be returning for a fourth year, after budget cuts at ITV has meant the channel will not be producing drama for broadcast before the watershed.
A source close to the Primeval production team told Totalscifionline.com that “Basically ITV have changed their policy about drama before 9pm in that they’ve decided they really don’t want any, at least not of the quality and cost of Primeval. The show remained as popular this run (in terms of audience share) as ever before but the fact is that everyone knows ITV have money problems and they’ve decided that whatever drama budget they’ve got left is better spent after 9pm. It’s a great shame as Primeval was bringing new viewers to ITV who will now only be served by the BBC, but there’s nothing we can do about that.
“Obviously we’re devastated that things should end this way with ITV. But we’re absolutely certain that although this stage of its evolution seems to be over, Primeval isn’t dead. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved over the past three years and we have every intention of keeping Primeval alive in other ways.”