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Syfy Gives Second Seasons to ‘Dark Matter,’ ‘Killjoys’

Syfy has renewed freshman programs “Dark Matter” and “Killjoys,” the NBCUniversal-owned cabler announced Tuesday.

Both dramas premiered earlier this summer and aired on Fridays, faring decently in same-day numbers by the night’s low-bar standards.

In Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates, “Dark Matter” averaged a 0.27 rating in adults 18-49, a 0.35 in adults 25-54 and 1.023 million viewers overall, and these numbers spiked in “live plus-3” to a 0.45 in 18-49, a 0.64 in 25-54 and 1.754 million viewers overall. In both total viewers and 25-54, “Dark Matter” ranked second among Syfy dramas this summer, behind only the third-year “Defiance.”

Killjoys” averaged a 0.23 in 18-49, a 0.32 in 25-54 and 955,000 viewers overall in same-night viewing, rising in Live+3 to 0.41, 0.55 and 1.455 million, respectively.

“Dark Matter,” which is based on series creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’s Dark Horse Comics graphic novel of the same name, features Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland with Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer. It focuses on six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got on board.

Produced by Prodigy Pictures, its exec producers are Jay Firestone, Mallozzi, Mullie and Vanessa Piazza. A 13-episode second season will premiere in 2016.

“With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, Dark Matter has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base,” said Chris Regina, Syfy’s senior VP of program strategy. “We look forward to another out-of-the-world season from this talented creative team.”

“Killjoys” is about a trio of bounty hunters who chase deadly Warrants (or fugitives) throughout a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war. From Temple Street Productions and creator-showrunner Michelle Lovretta, it is produced in association with Space and distributed worldwide by Universal Cable Productions. It stars Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane and Aaron Ashmore as hunters Dutch, D’avin and John.

“With exciting space-based action, deep world building, and a standout cast, ‘Killjoys’ has struck a nerve with viewers and critics alike,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s exec VP of original content. “We can’t wait to see what adventures Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street take Dutch, John and D’avin on in season two.”

A second 10-episode season of “Killjoys” will also air in 2016.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring back ‘Killjoys’ and its stellar cast to audiences across the U.S.,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, co-presidents of Temple Street Productions, who exec produce the series along with Lovretta and Karen Troubetzkoy. “We look forward to working with the team at Syfy for a thrilling second season.”

Syfy’s upcoming lineup includes December premieres of “Childhood’s End,” an event series, based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel, that has a cast that includes Charles Dance and Mike Vogel, and “The Expanse,” which is based on Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck’s book series and stars Thomas Jane and Steven Strait.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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