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Syfy's hit series 'Helix' shatters channel records

by jmaloni

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Mon, Jan 27th 2014 04:55 pm

Syfy's new hit series "Helix" continued to set channel DVR records, leaping 82 percent among Adults 18-49 (1.34 million), 74 percent in Adults 25-54 (1.55 million) and 64 percent in total viewers (3.0 million) for the premiere Jan. 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 percent in Adults 18-34 (454K), while posting strong gains among women viewers, up 85 percent in Women 18-49 (541K), 73 percent in Women 25-54 (649K) and 232 percent in Women 18-34 (166K).

The series also grew 81 percent among Men 18-49 (797K) and 75 percent 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 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 also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic Biosystems and its mysterious viral research program.

"Helix" also stars Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé as Maj. Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux as Dr. Doreen Boyle, and Neil Napier as Dr. Peter Farragut.

Ronald D. Moore, Steven Maeda (who is also showrunner), Lynda Obst and Brad Turner are executive producers of the 13-episode series.

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