02/12/2013 09:53 am ET

'The Hour' Canceled: BBC2 Axes Drama After Two Seasons

BBC announced on Tuesday that "The Hour" has been canceled.

The period drama, which often drew comparisons to "Mad Men," ran for two seasons and saw a large dip in ratings in its second season. In the UK, the Season 1 premiere brought in 2.9 million viewers and the Season 2 premiere didn't even match half of that with 1.3 million viewers, according to Broadcast.

"The Hour" followed a group of reporters in the 1950s, working at the BBC's titular fictional news program and earned a lot of critical acclaim, including BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

"The Hour" aired on BBC America stateside (Season 2 wrapped at the end of 2012) and HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan gave five reasons those on this side of the pond should watch the show. "'The Hour' is one of those nicely calibrated UK dramas that has an alluring atmosphere and is bursting at the seams with great character actors," she wrote.

A BBC spokesperson told Broadcast: “We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through.”'

A representative for BBC America did not immediately return HuffPost TV's request for comment.

For more on the cancellation of "The Hour," click over to Broadcast.

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