The U.S. and Canadian cable networks announced today that both series have been renewed for second seasons, to air next year.
They’ll both come back with the same size episode orders in 2016 — 10 for Killjoys and 13 episodes for Dark Matter.
Both shows did decently in Friday night viewing, and predictably spiked with DVR-delayed and digital viewings. Killjoys averaged a 0.23 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic and 955,000 viewers for Syfy, rising to 0.41 and 1.455 million in Live + 3 numbers, according to Variety.
Dark Matter averaged a 0.27 rating in the demo and 1.023 million live viewers, rising to a 0.45 and a healthy 1.754 million viewers.
From Lost Girl producer Michelle Lovretta, Killjoys chronicles the adventures of three outer space bounty hunters who find themselves caught up in a social and political upheaval in the Quad — one that is much bigger than all of them. As the first season drew to a close, D’avin has found himself a prisoner in the RAC’s mysterious “Red 17” complex.
From Stargate producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Dark Matter follows a crew of wanted criminals who awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are. As their identities unfolded over the course of the first season, viewers were treated to plenty of twists and turns — including the final revelation of who erased their memories and which one of their own has betrayed them to the Galactic Alliance.
The full casts of both shows should return for Season Two, where viewers can expect more world-building as their respective universes expand.