Syfy has renewed their latest original drama series 12 Monkeys, starring Kirk Acevedo, Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull, for a 13 episode second season, set to air in 2016.
12 Monkeys, which is eight episodes into its 13 part first season, has not been a big performer for Syfy in live+same day ratings, though the network noted that it has seen significant uplifts (104%) once DVR viewing has been factored in. The most recent episode was the highest rated yet, with an audience of 1.5 million viewers, up 6% on the previous four episodes.
As part of the renewal, Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who developed the series and served as co-EP’s on the first season, have been upped to co-showrunners for season two. They replace Natalie Chaidez, who is exiting to produce 13 episode series Hunters, also for Syfy.
“We are absolutely committed to 12 Monkeys, and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding critical and audience praise the series has earned,” said Dave Howe, President of Syfy. “The talent both on and off-screen have delivered a series that has us all on the edge of our seats, providing exactly the smart, exciting storytelling Syfy is known for.”
“12 Monkeys is a show that has exceeded expectations at every stage”, added Jeff Wachtel, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s President and Chief Content Officer. “It’s had a great first season creatively, and is building a dedicated audience. We can’t wait to see where – and when! – Terry and Travis will take us next.”
12 Monkeys is part of Syfy’s recent drive to refocus their efforts away from unscripted and re-embrace their science-fiction roots. The strategy has been successful thus far, with all of the drama series picked up out of the drive (Defiance, Dominion, Helix) making it to at least a second season. The next drama project to premiere on the network will be Olypmus, which debuts on Thursday April 2nd.