Syfy Channel has cancelled outer-space drama and fan favorite Dark Matter.
Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi confirmed the news today on his blog, following a months-long campaign by fans (and spearheaded by Mallozzi himself) to renew the series. The series ended with a cliffhanger finale on August 24, with a total of 39 episodes.
Dark Matter has been a consistent ratings performer for the network, with relatively low live viewership in its Friday night time slot (averaging a bit over 600,000 viewers in the U.S., with a 0.15 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic) followed by big gains in DVR playback — doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling its live numbers. It’s also done well in retaining a large share of its audience year-to-year.
Mallozzi and fellow Dark Matter creator Paul Mullie previously worked for 11 years on all three Stargate television series. Dark Matter was conceived during their time on Stargate and published by Dark Horse Comics in 2012 as a limited-run graphic novel. Their plan was for a 5-season storyline, in which the crew of the Raza awakens from stasis with their memories wiped and are gradually drawn into a corporate war — and an invasion of an alien threat from another realm — that threatens the fate of the galaxy.Dark Matter filmed in Canada and featured numerous familiar faces from the Stargate series, including guest appearances by Torri Higginson (“Elizabeth Weir”) and David Hewlett (“Rodney McKay”).
Amanda Tapping (“Samantha Carter”) also directed two episodes.
Dark Matter premiered on Syfy in June of 2015 as part of the cable channel’s creative reorientation back to space-based shows and other traditional science fiction fare.
The news comes on the same day that Syfy and Canadian broadcaster Space renewed Dark Matter‘s broadcast companion show, Killjoys for two final seasons. Killjoys airs its third season finale tonight (8/7c).
Killjoys‘ average numbers for the current season are only slightly better than Dark Matter — but with 10 hours per year instead of 13, the renewal was likely an easier lift for the networks. A total of twenty episodes will wrap up the story in 2018 and 2019.