Syfy has picked up a third season of its time-traveling series “12 Monkeys.”

The show, which has two episodes left in its second season, will return for Season 3 in 2017. Season 3 will be a little shorter than the previous two, with 10 episodes rather than 13. Co-creator Terry Matalas will continue as showrunner.

“In two short seasons, ’12 Monkeys’ has become a cult favorite series,” Chris McCumber, head of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable, says in a statement. “It’s exactly the kind of smart, on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment we want to bring to Syfy viewers.”

Season 2 of “12 Monkeys” hasn’t been much of a ratings performer. It averages just a 0.1 in adults 18-49 and 393,000 viewers in same-day ratings. It typically grows to a 0.2 and 700,000-750,000 viewers in Live +7. The renewal seems based more on Syfy’s love for the show than its drawing power.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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