Aired: 2014 (Mini-Series Totaling 6 Hours)
Starring: Brian Van Holt, Tricia Helfer, Brandon P. Bell, Andrea Roth, Tiffany Lonsdale, Ryan Robbins, Jacqueline Byers, P.J. Boudousqué
Series Website: www.syfy.com/ascension
Description: In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. Syfy.com
Why Was It Cancelled? This series seemed like one of the most heavily anticipated genre entries of the Fall 2014 season, but it ended up delivering rather tepid ratings. It averaged a 0.5 score in the 18-49 demographic based on the overnights which is not bad for Syfy, but didn’t quite measure up to the “event” series this was supposed to be. The network announced that it would not continue to a series claiming that “we were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series”. There seems like little chance that another network or streaming service would be interested in picking it up based on its reception, so the major cliffhanger it ended on will likely never be resolved.