The CW has done a miracle for fans of its televisions shows it will not cancel any of their scripted series this season. CW’s president Mark Pedowitz announced on Friday, March 11, 2016, that the network will renew all eleven scripted series airing this season for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.
The 11 shows include: Arrow (Season 5), The Flash (Season 3), The Vampire Diaries (Season 8), The Originals (Season 4), iZombie (Season 3), Legends of Tomorrow (Season 2), Supernatural (Season 12), The 100 (Season 4), Jane the Virgin (Season 3) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 2), and Reign (Season 4).
The network still plans to add at least three new shows for next season. The CW operates on a year-round schedule, and not all the shows will premiere in the fall or have full seasons of 22 episodes. Some shows will premiere midseason or the summer. The network still has to make a decision about one show Containment that only premiere’s on April 19. Beauty and the Beast is the only show set for a series finale this year; its fourth season will air this summer.
Pedowitz issued a statement, saying, “The CW has become home to some of the most critically-acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas. As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017.”
The top three shows on the network are based on Marvel DC Comics and are of the superhero genre. They top the network regarding numbers of viewers “live-plus-7 audience” and key 18-49 demo. The network’s number one show is The Flash (5.67 million, 2.3), followed by the newest spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (4.26 million, 1.7) and in third Arrow (3.99 million, 1.6).
Even shows that have not fared well rating wise, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is being renewed. The show has bought the network two high-profile awards for lead actress Rachel Bloom including a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Television Award.
Aging shows like The Vampire Diaries are seeing their ratings improve after being switched to a new night on Fridays with spinoff The Originals. Both of TVD’s principal actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley renewed their contracts for another season.
Supernatural, the oldest is a holdover from The WB, with a Season 12 it becomes both The WB and CW’s longest running scripted show. The show might even see a 13th season, both main stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have contracts for two more years.
CBS TV Studios produces Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Reign; Warner Bros. produces the remaining shows on the network; both studios co-own The CW. The current line-up has created some gender parity among viewers with 52 percent female and 48 percent male. In 2011, the network had an overwhelming female viewership of 70 percent. The network will announce premiere dates, later on, most probably at the network upfronts in May.