Dark Matter has been canceled just after its season 3 finale aired, leaving many questions unanswered. As a perennial summer favorite on Syfy, and with nothing quite like it on television, fans were hoping for a Dark Matter season 4 renewal. Although not the network’s only space drama, the unique combination of strong characterization and puzzle-box plotlines, which challenged the viewer to put together details gathered throughout the season to figure out what’s going on, created a show that really filled a niche that will be difficult to serve with a replacement series.
Executive producer and showrunner, Joseph Mallozzi made the announcement on Twitter, leaving hopeful fans stunned:— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) September 1, 2017
The ratings had not only been on par with other successful series on Syfy, averaging over 600,000 weekly viewers with a 0.15 share of the 18-49 audience; it had also improved in the Live +7 ratings substantially, sometimes as much as 200%. These numbers also remained steady across three seasons, which is rare for any series and shows that the audience is sticking around.
Mallozzi shared with fans some of the possible reasons behind the network’s decision on his daily blog saying, “Working against us was the fact that we weren’t a SYFY original. We were an acquisition. For those not in the know, an original is a series that is developed by the network and, more importantly, owned by the network, allowing them to monetize the show through things like international sales, streaming, etc.”
As for the decision to cancel, Mallozzi says, “One would assume it was financial. I’d heard that SYFY had invested in a lot of original programming for 2017-2018, and the recent announcement of their supernatural slate would seem to confirm as much.”
With other Friday Syfy shows getting renewals, the news of Dark Matter‘s cancellation was unexpected. Viewers will now have to wait and see what will replace the series next summer.