Syfy has renewed its transmedia series Defiance for a second season, the network announced Friday.
The series was picked up for 13 more episodes that will premiere in 2014, anchoring the net's "Powerful Mondays" primetime block. Kevin Murphy will return executive producer and showrunner.
The five-years-in-the-making series premiered April 15 to 2.7 million total viewers and 1.4 million adults 25 to 54, as Defiance has become Syfy's most watched scripted series this year in both measurements. Among viewers 18 to 49 (1.3 million) and 18 to 34 (479,000), Defiance turned in the network's best scripted debut since 2006.