The release date for Midsomer Murders series 19 — Pending
This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Midsomer Murders Series 19 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. ITV has officially renewed the series for another season expected to debut in 2017. To get notified of the exact premiere date – subscribe for updates below.
Series info, plot and cast
A veteran British criminal and mystery drama TV series, Midsomer Murders is back on screen with the six-episode 18th series. The current series premiered on ITV on January 19, 2016, while the show has been on the air since 1997. It is based on Chief Inspector Barnaby, a book series by Caroline Graham, produced by Bentley Productions and executive produced by Jo Wright since series 15.
Midsomer Murders is set in rural modern-day England and revolves around DCI Barnaby`s investigations of the murders that take place regularly in picturesque English countryside. In fact, much of the series` success stems from the dissonance between the pastoral landscapes and lifestyle and the outbursts of violence that take place in this unlikely setting. The series starred John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby for thirteen series, and following his retirement in 2010, he was replaced by Neil Dudgeon as the new lead character DCI John Barnaby, Tom`s cousin.
Current season, ratings and possible renewal
The series has a steady following and boasts consistently high viewership ratings. The current series opened to an audience of 6.63 million viewers, but lost over a million by the third episode. The overall decrease from the early series` averages of 9 million viewers is certainly natural for a show that`s been on the air for this long a time, as it`s bound to be losing some of its audience to newer programs. Whether there`s enough steam in Midsomer Murders to stay on screen for much longer remains to be seen, but the ratings still seem strong enough to warrant a further renewal.
UPDATED April 20, 2016: There`s no stopping Midsomer Murders, a hit ITV show which was just renewed for a 19th series, which would take it into 2017, its 20th anniversary year. The announcement was made on Twitter during the series 18 finale. The last completed series did as well as ever, averaging close to 6 million viewers per episode, so the renewal did not come as a surprise. No details have been revealed regarding the upcoming series, so please sign up for our automatic updates and we will be sure to keep you posted on relevant information.