Syfy's 'Helix' Infects 1.8 Million Total Viewers During January 10 Debut

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January 13th, 2014

Helix - Season 1

via press release:







NEW YORK – January 13, 2014 – Helix, Syfy’s highly anticipated new series from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), garnered robust numbers during its special 90-minute premiere on Friday, January 10 from 10-11:30PM (ET/PT), ranking as the #2 cable entertainment program among Adults 25-54 (893K) in its time period.


Helix also delivered 1.82 million total viewers and 734K Adults 18-49.


This represented Syfy’s best performance in the time period (Fridays at 10-11:30pm) in more than four years among total viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.


As well, the 11:30PM encore delivered nearly one million total viewers (988K).


Powered by Helix’s debut, Syfy was the #2 cable entertainment network from 8-11PM (ET/PT).


Helix also set records across Syfy’s diverse digital platforms:

·         Helix was’s best series premiere day ever in all key metrics, ranking as the #1 section of Syfy’s Digital Portfolio.

·         Helix’s premiere was Syfy’s second most social scripted series premiere (behind only Defiance), outperforming recent competitive cable series premieres including BBCA’s Orphan Black, Showtime’s Masters of Sex and Starz’s The White Queen.

·         Driven by Helix, the Syfy Now website and mobile app set records for full episode segment starts.


Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic Biosystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.


Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential outbreak. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic Biosystems and its mysterious viral research program.


Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural) as Dr. Julia Walker; Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros; Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan; Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov; Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle, and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.


Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle), and Brad Turner (Hawaii Five-0, 24) are Executive Producers. The 13-episode series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) directed the premiere episode, which was written by creator and co-executive producer, Cameron Porsandeh.


Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.  (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)



  • CSI Fan

    So… if it holds (wich I doubt), that means.. Bye Haven?

  • Crystal

    I haven’t watch it yet. Its on my DVR. However, as long as it doesn’t affect Haven’s chance at renewal then I will welcome it with open arms. ;)

  • LeobenConoy

    Hopefully the show improves from the pretty lame and very generic pilot.

  • Andrew21

    It will probably go up, since they aired it all saturday long

  • adam

    It shouldn’t have any affect on Haven because it is a winter show and Haven is a fall show. I have no idea why Syfy is taking so long to announce a renewal for Haven, but if you follow Eric Balfour (Duke) on Twitter, he has pretty much assured fans that it is not over. I don’t think he would say that to the huge cult following that Haven has unless he was absolutely sure!

  • adam

    Effect * …whatever lol

  • Shepherd

    Personally, I don’t think this will have any bearing on Haven’s renewal, but who can ever tell with Syfy anymore.

    Didn’t Bitten also premier on Friday, or is that next week?

  • Languatron

    “Helix” is off to a great start! I expect executive producer Ronald D. Moore to knock this show out of the park just like he did as recreator of “Battlestar Galactica”.

    All my best,


  • JJA

    Haven will be back.

    If it’s taking this long, it probably means season 5 will be the last season. SyFy is probably trying to figure how many episodes to order.

  • RS

    I loved it. So claustrophobic. And the music is so wildly, wonderfully inappropriate. I couldn’t get “Do you know the way to Santa Fe” out of my head. I love all the characters already – and that’s dangerous in this type of show!

  • Simon Jester

    @Shepherd – Bitten premieres tonight.

  • Steve R

    Not great ratings actually, esp. In the key demos. Decent pilot but it was not promoted well (cuz it’s a Sony vs NBCU show?). Key is next week. I predict it was not sustain.

  • Shepherd


  • PRW

    Helix not promoted well? LMAO it was promoted excellently

  • RS

    No, we can’t “fan excuse bingo” this one with failure to promote. I missed it on Friday and caught it on the all-day-all-Helix marathon over the weekend. They want this one to work. And I hope it does.

  • Jp

    Ratings aren’t great. I loved this show, very well done. Very scary and great special effects! I hope the ratings take off. Please tell your friends to watch if u like it.

  • cimmer

    Interesting if it sustains those ratings but I was actually expecting a little better. Don’t have time to dvr another show and have other stuff to watch on Fridays. If it makes it I’ll catch a season on Netflix or whatever later. The one thing about Syfy is if they actually end up with a hit they’ll be plenty of chances to catch it later.

  • DTravel

    I made the mistake of watching (recording actually) this. It was BAD. Really, really, REALLY, bad.

  • skyfi

    People, 0.6 is very bad. Friday after WWE is Syfy’s coveted timeslot, and Helix debuts so low. The only way is down. Haven had average 1.5 million viewers in 4th season. After big expectations (at least 1.0) Helix is dead OA.

  • Colin

    Good start, fantastic pilot. Expecting renewal very soon.

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