Just as the show’s second season is coming to a close, Syfy has renewed their drama series The Magicians for a third season. Season three, which is expected to premiere in 2018, will consist of thirteen episodes.
This season The Magicians has grown its audience across several key demos, compared to its freshman season. It is up 15% amongst adults 18-49, up 23% amongst adults 18-34, up 9% amongst adults 25-54 and up 6% in total viewers.
In the UK, The Magicians airs not on NBCU’s UK Syfy channel, but on Channel 5’s digi-net 5Star. C5 initially acquired the rights to the show in a deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution in early 2016. The show’s second season launched on the channel in February and is currently unspooling in the Tuesday night 9pm time-slot. This is the third Syfy series to earn a renewal in the past month. The network also recently picked up 12 Monkeys, which airs on Syfy UK, for a fourth and final season; and space-opera series The Expanse, which was recently acquired by Netflix UK, for a third season.
Based on the novels by Lev Grossman, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor. The executive producers are John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher, Michael London and Janice Williams.