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SyFy renews 'Z Nation'

SyFy has renewed Z Nation for a second season, EW has confirmed.

The renewal news has come in the midst of the show’s first season, which has achieved consistent, yet middling ratings since its series premiere. In spite of the non-Walking Dead numbers, SyFy is putting its weight behind the zombie drama.

The show centers on a post-zombie apocalypse that has ravaged the United States, where a group is tasked with transporting the sole survivor of a zombie wound to a lab across the country so that his antibodies can create a vaccine to save humankind.

Z Nation airs Fridays at 10 p.m. E.T. on SyFy.

 

'Z Nation' ratings tie 'Walking Dead' (if you move the decimal point)

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Z Nation ratings came in much, much lower than that other zombie drama’s average — as of course you would expect. But how can we compare Syfy’s new walker zombie drama Z Nation to its most obvious inspiration?

Z Nation debuted to 1.6 million for its Friday night premiere, which is fairly low wattage for a Syfy drama series. But Syfy points out this is a record premiere number for an acquired show produced by an outside part (Sharkado production company The Asylum made Z Nation). The network further noted more viewers watched Z Nation than the most recent telecasts of The Leftovers on HBO, Teen Wolf on MTV and Doctor Who on BBCA — so there.

But let’s look up that dizzying comparison to AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead anyway. It’s interesting that Z Nation pulled 1.6 million viewers because that’s the same as The Walking Dead‘s fourth season fall premiere — if you move the decimal point over a notch (16 million viewers). The 2010 series premiere of Walking Dead delivered 5.4 million viewers.

There was one place that Z Nation was an unqualified hit, however: BitTorrent! The show reportedly strongly surged in online pirating after its premiere.

Syfy's 'Z Nation' gets September premiere date

Syfy’s new zombie show, Z Nation, finally has a premiere date. EW has confirmed that the show, which follows a group of survivors three years after a zombie virus has attacked the country, will premiere on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.

In Z Nation, a group of people has to work together to transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab is located. Z Nation was given a 13-episode order.

Watch the full trailer here.

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