Syfy has picked up its new series “The Expanse” for a second season.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because there were reports that the show had already been picked up before its series premiere. That wasn’t the case — although a writers’ room has already been set up in anticipation of a renewal, the formal green light didn’t come until Thursday.

The series has thus far drawn middling ratings on air — episodes have been drawing a 0.2 or 0.3 among adults 18-49 in the same-day ratings, and it’s averaging 1.6 million viewers in Live +3. The premiere was also available online and on demand several weeks ahead of its on-air debut; Syfy says 4.5 million people saw the first episode that way.

“The Expanse” is set 200 years in the future and stars Thomas Jane as a detective investigating the disappearance of a young woman. The case leads to a much deeper conspiracy that spans across the solar system.

Season 2 of “The Expanse” will premiere in early 2017. It joins these shows that have been picked up for 2016 and beyond.

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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