Syfy's 'Helix' Renewed for Second Season

The Ron Moore-Steven Maeda drama has been a DVR record-breaker for the cable network.
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Syfy is going back to the Arctic with Helix. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed the killer virus drama for a second season.

The drama, which premiered Jan. 10 at 10 p.m., centers on Centers for Disease Control pathologist Dr. Alan Farragut (The Killing's Billy Campbell) and his estranged ex-wife, Dr. Julia Walker (Kyra Zagorsky), when they're sent to the Arctic to investigate a mysterious disease outbreak. Season two will return in the winter (first-quarter) 2015 with 13 episodes.

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The series, from Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore and Lost's Steven Maeda, the latter of whom serves as showrunner, opened to 1.8 million viewers in January, growing 65 percent in live-plus-3 DVR returns to 2.8 million and shattering network ratings in total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. When factoring in seven-day delayed viewing, Helix set network records and grew 82 percent among adults 18-49, 74 percent among adults 25-54 and 64 percent in total viewers -- the largest increases ever for a Syfy scripted series in live-plus-7 returns.

Helix has averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49.

Helix is part of a growing Syfy scripted slate that includes the supersized fifth season of Haven, Continuum, Defiance and the upcoming Dominion. Warehouse 13 will wrap its run following its upcoming fifth season.

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