Syfy's Hit Series 'Helix' Shatters Channel Records in L7, Leaping 82% in Adults 18-49 and 74% in Adults 25-54

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January 27th, 2014

Helix - Season 1

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NEW YORK – January 27, 2014 – Syfy’s new hit series Helix continued to set channel DVR records, leaping 82% among Adults 18-49 (1.34 million), 74% in Adults 25-54 (1.55 million) and 64% in total viewers (3.0 million) for the premiere on January 10 – the largest increases ever for a Syfy scripted series in L7 viewing.


Impressions are based on L7 data. The growth is based on L7 versus L+SD (Live+ Same Day) data. Comparisons are to Syfy’s scripted original series premieres since L7 ratings started being recorded by Nielsen.


Helix also rose 102% in Adults 18-34 (454K), while posting strong gains among women viewers, up 85% in Women 18-49 (541K), 73% in Women 25-54 (649K) and 232% in Women 18-34 (166K).


The series also grew 81% among Men 18-49 (797K) and 75% in Men 25-54 (903K).


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.)



  • mathew

    my grandparents love this


    I watched the first few episodes then lost interest

  • John A

    @The Old Man Felt the same. Its just a poor show.

  • nate

    So it leaped to still bad ratings.

  • Sam

    Sadly, it won’t matter when it’s time to renew or cancel the show.

  • JasonMPA

    I love scifi shows normally, but I found this to be one of the most boring tv shows I’ve ever watched.

  • Shepherd

    Those are huge jumps in the women demos. Of course, hardly any W18-34 tuned in to watch live. Still, it’s surprising to see an demo jump 232% for any show.

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  • Carol_R

    I liked the show & everyone on it except Kyra Zagorsky who plays Dr. Walker. A terrible actress in my opinion, who makes any scene boring. The weirdo music from the late 60s/early 70s is bad and they need to drop it. It’s great to see Billy Campbell and I really like Jordan Hayes as Dr. Sarah Jordan.

    They need to speed up the action. Plus some characters which I expect are supposed to be interesting such as Dr. Julia Walker to me are super boring, played by a bad actor, and not an interesting character.

    I’m sad that they killed off Dorrie. I liked the actress and her character.

  • The Original J

    This is about the only good news, ratings-wise, for this show, as the recent overnights were terrible.

  • Temperance

    I like this show and I like Dr. Julia Walker :))

  • Dizzy

    The show sucked. I was bored, in the whole 1 hour and 25 mins we just see what was in the trailer plus minor little details that don’t have a massive impact on the story.

  • huldu

    Every scene with Dr. Walker is killing the show. It’s not a good show by any means, but it isn’t horrible. The awkward acting between the characters in the first few episodes disappears eventually. She’s just awful, not sure what more to say…

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