On the heels of its strong premiere last Friday, Da Vinci’s Demons, Starz’s new series from David Goyer, has been given a second season pickup. The historical fantasy about the young years of world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley), drew 1.04 million viewers for its debut behind the series finale of Spartacus. The Da Vinci’s Demons opener was watched by more than 2.14 million total viewers over the weekend, making it the highest-rated premiere weekend ever for a Starz original series, edging Camelot (2.09 million). Starz had already made preparations for a potential second season, so production is expected to begin pretty soon, next month, for a 2014 premiere. ’Da Vinci’s Demons’ serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. Added Goyer, “I’m excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world’s most eccentric and glorious polymath.”

Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, Da Vinci’s Demons is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. Fox International Channels (FIC) acquired the first season of the series and premiered it to audiences in 120 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa following Starz’s exclusive premiere in the U.S. on April 12th. Riley’s co-stars include Laura Haddock, Elliot Cowan, and Blake Ritson. Goyer serves as showrunner and directed the first two episodes of the first season.Julie Gardner is Executive Producer, along with Adjacent Productions’ Head, Jane Tranter.