Dark Matter: cancellation reason explained

Dark Matter creator Joseph Mallozzi has revealed the real reason behind the show's cancellation...

Sad news arrived for fans of Syfy’s Dark Matter recently: the show was not picked up for any further episodes.

The third season of the series, based on Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’s graphic novel, came to a close last week, and with news breaking that Killjoys had been renewed for another two seasons, hopes had been raised that Dark Matter would receive the same treatment. Unfortunately, this was not to be, and word of the cancellation hit the crew behind the cult favourite hard.

Now, co-creator Mallozzi has taken to his blog to explain exactly why the series was nixed.

“Working against us was the fact that we weren’t a SyFy original. We were an acquisition,” he revealed. “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. The network pays a lot more but presumably reaps the benefits down the line.”

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Mallozzi went on to say that he pitched a much shorter final season to Syfy to wrap up the story, which was left on a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, they weren’t interested in doing that, so he’s now attempting to get another network to step up to the plate and save the show.

More if we have it.

H/T Dark Horizons

Previously, Mallozzi had revealed the first news of the show’s cancellation to fans.

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the news. Syfy has cancelled Dark Matter after three seasons,” he confirmed. “To say that I’m incredibly disappointed would be an understatement. I’ll save my comments and field your questions in a future blog entry. For today, I just want to extend a heartfelt thanks to my amazing crew, my wonderful cast, and to all of you, our incredible fans. You all deserved better.”

Fans had been giving the show one last push of support online last week, and the cancellation news certainly came as a shock to some – Dark Matter‘s ratings have 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 has also improved in the Live +7 ratings substantially, sometimes as much as 200%. These numbers have also remained steady across three seasons, which is rare for any series and shows that the audience has been sticking around.

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