Ripper Street axed: Did the BBC make a mistake?
A spokesperson has told DS that declining viewership contributed to the decision to axe the show, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring.
"We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC One," the spokesperson explained.
"However, the second series didn't bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won't be returning."
Jerome Flynn - who plays Bennet Drake in the period thriller - first revealed that the show had been dropped during an interview on radio station BBC London 94.9.
The stars of Ripper Street previously spoke of their desire to see the show continue into a third series.
"You could go anywhere with it, absolutely anywhere," said Rothenberg, who plays Captain Homer Jackson.
Ripper Street's first series launched with 7.89m in 2012, but the latest episode - airing on Monday, December 2 - attracted an overnight audience of just 3.26m.
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