The CW brand has tremendous faith in their programming, seeing as they just renewed a staggering amount of content.
A total of 10 shows have been renewed by The CW Television Network. These include all five DC shows: Arrow (Season 7), The Flash (Season 5), Legends of Tomorrow (Season 4), Supergirl (Season 4), and the newest of the bunch, Black Lightning (Season 2). Joining the DC shows in their renewal will also be Supernatural (Season 14), Dynasty (Season2), Riverdale (Season 3), Jane the Virgin (Season 5), and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 4). They will all return with new episodes during the fall 2018-2019 lineup.
While some of The CW’s renewed programming might come as a surprise, it’s no surprise at all that every DC series was renewed. The Arrow-verse has been immensely popular with viewers. Four DC shows ranked in the top 5 for CW’s mid-season ratings report, with The Flash at number one. Riding off the era of the superhero and establishing their own connected universe has benefited The CW greatly. Black Lightning, which will be entering its sophomore year next season, could possibly have an Arrow crossover in the future, which will definitely help ratings.
Supernatural, the show that never dies, will be entering its fourteenth season this fall. While most would agree the show had peaked years ago, it is apparently still popular with viewers. It was ranked second in CW’s mid-season ratings report for the 2017-2018 season.
Behind Supernatural was Riverdale, which had a huge surge in ratings in its sophomore year. This was likely due to an increased interest in the product when the first season hit Netflix over the summer. Its increased popularity made it a no brainer for The CW to renew it.
Meanwhile, despite the renewal, two shows could be entering their final seasons this fall. Months ago, Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) referred to the upcoming season 5 as the final season. When news broke of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend being renewed, Co-creator and star Rachael Bloom tweeted about season 4 being the last season. So far, there is no official confirmation as to whether or not both shows will indeed be entering their final seasons.
Hopefully we’ll hear something from The CW regarding the status of both shows, along with more renewal news in the coming months.