Grace Cromey-Hawke/Starz
John Mitchell
April 17, 2013 AT 06:25 PM EDT

More than 2.1 million viewers tuned-in to the series premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons last weekend, making it the highest-rated premiere ever for a Starz original series, and prompting the network to greenlight a second season of the drama before its second episode even makes it to the air.

Starz announced today that season two of Da Vinci’s Demons will begin production in Wales in next month, with an anticipated on-air return expected in 2014.

Tom Riley stars as the world-famous artist during his turbulent youth in Renaissance-era Florence. The show, which premiered with a strong lead-in from the series finale of Spartacus: War of the Damned and earned largely mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, was created by David Goyer, co-writer of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and screenwriter of this summer’s Man of Steel.

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