While Syfy has not officially confirmed one way or another whether a Dark Matter season 4 renewal will happen, we definitely think it should. Why? Well, within this article we’re going to do our best to list out some of the reasons.
First, the ratings – Everything of course has to start here given that a show’s profitability to the network is one of the biggest things that will determine its future one way or another. Here, Dark Matter continues to perform very well in comparison to other science fiction shows — its season 3 average rounds up to be a 0.2 in the 18-49 demographic, and in total its performance is down less than 15% versus season 2.
If you’re a longtime CarterMatt reader, one of the biggest tenants we always preach is that if a show in this modern era maintains more than 85% of its demo viewership year-to-year, it’s doing enough to give it a shot at renewal. Ideally you want to see it in the 90-95% range, but there are very few shows doing that these days. One of the biggest things Dark Matter has going for it is that this is a show that has jumped a whopping 300% before in live+7 data for some of its episodes, and routinely it is one of the best DVR performers out there in terms of percentage gains. There are a ton of people out there who are simply out on Friday nights and still find a way to check the show out after the fact. We do think that this counts for a good bit.
The story – This is the other big argument that we’ll make for more Dark Matter: It’s a show very much in the vein of a Doctor Who or a Star Trek: The Next Generation, where there is a tremendous sense of spirit and imagination injected into every single episode. You can sense the joy that Joseph Mallozzi and the writers put into just about every episode that they do. This matters to people who look to the show as a form of escape from our world, and to capture some sort of wonder or sense of adventure. Syfy isn’t going to be able to replicate that, even if there are some other great shows out there on television and others in the pipeline.
You even get a good idea of the show’s imagination in how they are able to do so much with relatively little. This is not a series with an enormous budget; it finds a way to succeed using the resources that it has, even if not all of them are particularly robust. It deserves an opportunity to put more creative wheels in motion, and for it to get a popular series finale. We know that Mallozzi has a specific plan for the show’s endgame, and we’d love to see that come to fruition.
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