Channel 5 is making some changes to their schedule. The free-to-air broadcaster’s latest US import Helix is now going on a mid-season break and when it returns for the final seven episodes of its 13 episode first season it will be moving to C5’s digi-net 5*.
The decision to go on a hiatus and move the programme to 5* comes after Helix has been suffering from dwindling ratings. Initially premiering to just under 1.1 million viewers – a decent number for the 10 pm slot – Helix has been shedding viewers ever since, with more recent episode sinking to the 500K mark. The move also comes at a time of change for Channel 5 as far as US acquisitions go. The broadcaster has dropped a number of first run series including Once Upon A Time and Justified; and has instead been focusing on low-cost cable series such as Helix and Cedar Cove as well as going after repeat rights to such series such as Longmire, Falling Skies and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Created by Cameron Porsandeh and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Helix follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel. The drama series is being produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television and stars Billy Campbell (The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Kyra Zagorsky (Soldiers of the Apocalypse), Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) and Neil Napier (Riddick).