Killjoys, Dark Matter prove their mettle for Space

Final data shows both series outperforming their 2015 premieres, earning close to half a million viewers each. (Dark Matter pictured.)
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It looks like Space has found the hit formula for Friday nights.

Bell Media is reporting that Killjoys and Dark Matter, both original Canadian productions, together averaged 25% more viewers in the key 18-to-49 demographic for their season premieres on July 1.

Killjoys increased its audience by 27% year-over-year for 18-to-49 year-olds, and Dark Matter grew in the same demo by 24%.

The uptick is impressive not just for its size, but that both series garnered more viewers for their returning seasons than the highly touted series premieres.

Killjoys and Dark Matter make up a two-hour programming block on Space channel on Friday nights, starting with Killjoys at 9 p.m. and Dark Matter and 10 p.m. Both series proved hits for Space last summer, with Dark Matter starting at an average overnight audience of 273,000 and growing throughout its season to a high of 534,000 (total), and Killjoys starting at an average of 286,000 overnight viewers for its premiere (395,000 total), and growing to a season high of 526,000.

Their return on Friday July 1 saw an average of 444,000 viewers tune into Killjoys and 448,000 for Dark Matter. The viewership propelled Space to most-watched-channel status in Canada in those timeslots for both the 25-to-54 demo and 18-to-49 demo. Those numbers fall in line with the pre-finale season averages for both series, which came in at 427,000 for Killjoys and 499,400 for Dark Matter.

Killjoys is produced by Toronto’s Boat Rocker Studios and was created by Canadian Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl). Dark Matter is produced by Toronto’s Prodigy Pictures and was created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. Both series also air on Syfy in the U.S.