The CW has renewed some of its most popular shows. The channel's 10 biggest hits including Riverdale and Supernatural are coming back.
The network announced on Monday that it ordered the renewal of Arrow for its seventh season, The Flash for its fifth season, Riverdale for its third season, Supergirl for its fourth season, and Supernatural for its 14th season.
Also coming back for more are Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow, and Jane the Virgin. Elsewhere, popular freshman shows Black Lightning and Dynasty will be returning for a sophomore season.
The network has not given specific premiere dates of the abovementioned shows as of yet. The fate of Life Sentence, Valor, The 100, and iZombie, however, will be decided next month.
"As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19," said Mark Pedowitz, The CW president.
Pedowitz advised there are more announcements to come in May for fans who are worried that their favorite shows might not get picked up.
Out With The Old
The CW announced earlier this year that they are launching a two-hour Sunday primetime block for the 2018-2019 broadcast season. This block expands the network's lineup of original programming across six nights a week instead of five.
The renewal of Jane the Virgin is a welcome news following hints from star Gina Rodriguez that the fifth season will also be the series finale. The CW has yet to confirm rumors that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is also set to cap off the series after its upcoming season.
Riverdale, on the other hand, is going from strength to strength. The first season dropped on Netflix and closely followed by the second, which is now airing on the streaming service episode by episode, affecting its audience grab exponentially.
The CW has yet to confirm any new series order, however, the news is expected to drop in May alongside its midseason fare such as The 100.
Knocking It Out Of The Park
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the network has chosen to renew the majority of its original scripted shows. The CW relies heavily on streaming returns and lucrative deals with Netflix.
The network is currently overflowing with original scripted and unscripted programming. It's been expanding from two to five scripted shows since 2011. The summer schedule has also expanded to include three to four unscripted shows to compete year-round with other networks.
Likewise, the extra night expands the slate from 10 to 12 hours beginning in the fall. The CW is currently up 3 percent in total viewers, not counting digital audiences, where the network is strongest.
The network has a record nine pilots in the works this season, too, including a female-fronted spin-off of the super-hit show Supernatural.