CTV orders more second season hours of Saving Hope

The additional five episode order of the homegrown medical drama brings the second season commitment to 18 episodes in all.

Saving Hope needs no saving in Canada.

The homegrown medical supernatural drama had its life shortened stateside on NBC.

But CTV has bumped up its second season order by an additional five one-hour episodes.

“Coming off Saving Hope’s incredible first season run, we recognized the opportunity to give fans more from the breakout series they’ve quickly come to love. CTV is proud to make this increased investment in more Canadian programming and support the series through a commitment of additional episodes,” said CTV programming and sports president Phil King in a statement.

The series, which stars Erica Durance and Michael Shanks originally premiered in simulcast on CTV and NBC in June.

The series premiere on CTV pulled in more than a million viewers in Canada, and averaged 1.7 million viewers each week in its first season, according to numbers from BBM Canada provided by Bell Media.

Meanwhile, NBC took the series off its schedule, pushing the final two episodes of the first season online.

CTV in July ordered a 13-episode second season. The additional episode order brings the second season commitment to in all 18 episodes.

Despite the loss of the NBC platform, Saving Hope has found broadcast homes elsewhere internationally.

The series, produced by Ilana C Frank Films (ICFF) with eOne, in association with CTV, was sold into territories including Latin America, Brazil and Portugal by eOne in October.

Entertainment One also also shopped Saving Hope and its cast at MIPCOM in October to find still more international markets for the homegrown drama.

Saving Hope focuses on a Toronto surgeon (Durance) whose fiancé – and the hospital’s chief of surgery – ends up in a coma after an accident. The comatose chief explores the hospital in a state of purgatory, while the other surgeons deal with patients and try to save his life.

Saving Hope is exec produced by Ilana Frank and David Wellington for ICF Films, John Morayniss for eOne and Lesley Harrison. Morwyn Brebner and Aaron Martin are exec producers and showrunners.

The series was created by Brebner and Malcolm MacRury, with a pilot directed by Wellington.