Syfy UK’s latest acquisition Dark Matter opened big for the genre channel when it debuted on June 15th.
The space-opera series from former Stargate writers/executive producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie kicked off its 10 episode freshman season with a consolidated audience of 370K viewers, way above the channel’s 12 month slot average. (Across various replays, the total impact of the series premiere inches closer to 700K viewers).
Put in context, Dark Matter’s premiere outperformed the launches of several recent new and returning drama series including 12 Monkeys, Haven, Continuum and The Originals. It is worth noting however, that the series was not able to best the ratings for the series premieres of either Extant (420K viewers) or The Librarians (500K viewers).
It’s been all round good news for Dark Matter in almost every market that the series has launched in. In the US, the series debuted to 1.3 million viewers and a 0.3 A18-49 rating and has been a big DVR gainer, posting demo increases of more than 100%; while the premiere on Space in Canada pulled in 270,000 viewers, making it the number one entertainment specialty program of the day.
Dark Matter follows the crew of a derelict spaceship as they are awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.The drama series is produced by Prodigy Pictures and stars Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr, Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer.