Syfy renews Helix for second season & moves ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ premiere date

Helix Syfy

Helix Syfy

It has been renewed that Syfy drama Helix has been given a new lease of life, as the network has renewed the show for a second run.

The cable channel announced the news yesterday (March 28) in which they stated that the show will return for a second 13-episode run in the Winter of 2015.

Helix kicked off on the channel in early January and ended its run last night (March 28). The show premiered to around 1.82 million viewers, since the general consensus was that people were a little skeptical about the drama. However, ratings have held more or less steady for the show throughout the first season. The lowest ratings recorded have been 1.13 million viewers for episode 5 and have fluctuated throughout. The penultimate episode which aired last Friday (March 21) managed to bring in 1.24 million viewers.

Speaking about the announcement, Syfy executive Bill McGoldrick said that the drama has “built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences” on Syfy and the incredible writing team have seemingly delivered each and every week with new twists and turns.

“We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season,” he added.

Unfortunately, the show hasn’t had the same response in the UK. Originally, Helix premiered on Channel 5 with high hopes from the execs. However, after airing the first six episodes, the British channel decided to put the drama on a small hiatus and will return later in the year in sister channel, 5*.


In the UK, the drama premiered with pretty good figures for the channel, managing to pull in an average of 1.1 million viewers. Unfortunately, things took a u-turn when the February 17 episode only pulled in 148,000 viewers.

Elsewhere, in other Syfy related news, it has been announced that the Sharknado sequel ‘Sharnado 2: The Second One’ has had its premiere slot moved.

Originally, the sequel was slated to premiere on Thursday, July 31 but has since been moved to Wednesday, July 30 at 9/8c.

The first movie seemed to befuddle everyone, and it looks like the second movie will be just as bizarre, if not a little more.

Just like the first movie, Anthony Ferrante will be at the helm directing the screenplay.

In the sequel, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites. Only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.

So, are you happy that Helix has been renewed for a second season? And, what do you make of Sharknado? Will you be turning in on July 30?