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The Magicians renewed for a second season

Back to Brakebills in 2017

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Three episodes into The Magicians' debut season, Syfy has decided to renew the series for a second season, the network announced today.

Season 2 of The Magicians will run for 13 episodes — the same as the first season — and is set to air in 2017. The show premiered Jan. 25, and its fourth episode will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET. The series' showrunners are Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and John McNamara (Aquarius).

"Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, The Magicians has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy," said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller, in a press release.

The three episodes of The Magicians that have aired so far pulled in an average of 1.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen's live-plus-three ratings. Syfy also noted in its press release that Magicians viewers in the adults 18-34 group grew with each episode, and averaged 180 percent above Syfy's prime-time numbers for that demographic.

The Magicians is based on the Magicians trilogy of fantasy novels by Lev Grossman. The series focuses on Quentin Coldwater, a depressed, aimless young man who discovers that he can perform magic and enrolls in a magic school called Brakebills University. Season 1 of the show focuses mostly on the first book.

For more on The Magicians, check out our review of the show and our thoughts on the third episode. Check back on Polygon after tonight's episode airs for a recap.

Correction: Season 2 of The Magicians will be the same length as season 1, 13 episodes. We've edited the article to reflect this.

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