Syfy Thriller Opens to Soft Numbers Deadline

A new Syfy thriller series debuted to soft numbers, even though it had a strong panel at Comic-Con last summer and received “some hefty promotion,” reports. The show is “Helix,” which premiered Friday.

The 90-minute debut drew just 1.8 million viewers, with a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49. “That’s a far cry from the 2.7 million total viewers the channel drew for “Defiance” when that debuted on April 15, 2013,” the story notes.

“Helix” is about a deadly virus that’s barely contained in the Arctic. It stars Billy Campbell of “The Killing” as a CDC pathologist, and is produced by “Battlestar Galactica” developer and executive producer Ronald D. Moore, the report adds.