Krypton renewed for season 2 via Syfy

Ahead of its season 1 finale, Syfy has decided to keep their Superman super-prequel Krypton around for a second season.

The network, per The Hollywood Reporter, has made this decision following what we would consider to be a solid season 1 outing for the series, which follows Kal-El’s grandfather as he looks to make decisions to preserve both his home and his grandson’s eventual legacy. The series averaged a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and around 800,000 live viewers, but these numbers grow significantly once you factor in DVR ratings and streaming data.

Given the Superman brand that is attached to this series, it never felt like Krypton would be canceled after only one season. This is a network in need of franchises and beyond that, this is also a network in a certain degree of flux. They recently canceled The Expanse (though that seems to be on its way to getting another home over at Amazon), Killjoys is ending next year, and they canceled Dark Matter last year. They do still have Z Nation and The Magicians, but Syfy does need some more big hits. Part of the hope here may be that throughout the hiatus there will be a few more people who pop in and discover Krypton along the way.

If there is one thing that this show does still need to figure out, it is seeing if there is a way in which to attract more viewers consistently when it airs. This is a show that premiered with a 0.4 rating in the demo and over 1.3 million viewers, but since that time it has lost a significant chunk of viewers. Maybe some of these people were watching live and now are via DVR, but there is always an element of concern that comes when your show starts to lose a significant chunk of the viewership that it once had.

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