As it seems to do every year, The CW has renewed nearly all of its shows for next season. This includes newcomers ‘Charmed’ and ‘Legacies’, as well as all of its DC Comics shows ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Supergirl’, and ‘Black Lightning’, plus ‘Dynasty’, ‘Riverdale’ and the network’s longest-running series ‘Supernatural’. For two seasons in a row, ‘Dynasty’ has ranked as The CW’s lowest-rated program.
For the fifth year in a row, ‘The Flash’ stands as The CW’s best-rated show, followed by ‘Riverdale’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Supergirl’.
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’, ‘Jane the Virgin’, and ‘iZombie’ were already known to be ending after their present seasons, or in the case of ‘iZombie’, its upcoming season. That leaves the verdict out on ‘The 100’, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ and ‘All American’. ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ just started airing in January, but ‘All American’ debuted in the fall. It follows established hit ‘Riverdale’ on Wednesday nights but has failed to hold on to that viewership. Of the freshman series on The CW, it is the poorest performing, but if the network is keeping ‘Dynasty’ around, there is still hope for this show. ‘The 100’ is a summer series, like ‘iZombie’, so the newest season hasn’t premiered yet.
The CW has the fewest hours to devote to programming than any other network, just two hours a night from Sunday-Friday. By renewing almost their entire lineup, that leaves very few opening for new shows, but they have already ordered pilots for another DC Comics show, ‘Batwoman’, a ‘Riverdale’ spin-off ‘Katy Keene’, another spin-off ‘Jane the Novela’, a pilot based on the ’80s vampire movie ‘The Lost Boys’, and ‘Nancy Drew’. But with only three to five vacant spots opening up, it’s unclear how many of these will get picked up.
CW president Mark Pedowitz said
“This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday — which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers. In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming… [W]e look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront.”
What are your favorite CW shows? Are there any that have outlived their prime? Which of the new pilots sounds the most interesting?
Source: TV Line