The CW Network Announces Fall 2012 Premiere Dates for 'Arrow,' 'Supernatural,' 'Nikita,' 'Vampire Diaries' & More

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June 28th, 2012

via press release:


“Hart of Dixie” Premieres Tuesday, October 2

“Supernatural” Returns for its Eighth Season on October 3

The New Season of “90210” and the Final Season on “Gossip Girl”

Begin Monday, October 8

“Arrow” Makes its Series Bow Wednesday, October 10

“The Vampire Diaries” Returns Thursday, October 11,

Followed by the Series Premiere of “Beauty and The Beast”

“Emily Owens, M.D.” Takes Up Residence Tuesday, October 16

“Nikita” Gets Back Into Action Friday, October 19


June 28, 2012 (Burbank, CA) ? The CW Network will strategically roll-out its 2012-13 season this October with the premieres of three new series, returning favorites on new nights and one final season of Upper East Side drama.

Rachel Bilson returns to Bluebell, Alabama as Dr. Zoë Hart in the second season premiere of HART OF DIXIE on Tuesday, October 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).

The CW’s newly revamped Wednesday kicks off on October 3 with The Winchester boys and the season premiere of SUPERNATURAL (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

On Monday, October 8, the most famous zip code in America, 90210 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), returns with a brand new season, followed by the final season of OMFG drama on GOSSIP GIRL (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

On Wednesday, October 10, The CW presents one of the most anticipated shows of the season, ARROW (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), starring Stephen Amell as the popular DC Comics character.

On Thursdays, The CW’s top-rated series, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, returns for another season of bloody-good drama on October 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the romantic new series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Kristin Kreuk as a homicide detective and Jay Ryan as a doctor with a very dark side.

On Tuesday, October 16, new drama EMILY OWENS, M.D., starring Mamie Gummer as a surgical intern who discovers, much to her dismay, that working in a hospital feels an awful lot like high school, takes up residency in the 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET. timeslot.

Maggie Q returns to action as NIKITA, Friday, October 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) following AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: COLLEGE EDITION, which premieres on August 24, as previously announced.


Following is The CW’s fall premiere schedule:


8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere)


9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)



8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (Season Premiere)



8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (Series Premiere)




8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Series Premiere)



8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE

9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D. (Series Premiere)




9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA (Season Premiere)


All Times ET


  • Dean_W

    Why the CW doesn’t give a two-hour Season Premiere for ‘Supernatural’ ?

  • Mi

    I don’t get it… Why can’t the CW premiere SPN and Arrow at the same week exactly?

  • rob60990

    The idea of stalling premieres is a good idea however this just seems a mess. Why premiere Supernatural a week earlier than Arrow and Hart of Dixie 2 weeks earlier than Emily Owens?

    “followed by the final season of OMFG drama on Gossip Girl”

    lmao, who the hell wrote this?

  • enes

    Since they axed Ringer and The Secret Circle i hate this network i will only tune in for Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries !

  • Linda

    Why wouldn’t the CW premiere Supernatural and Arrow the same week or even Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens, MD like they are The Vampire Diaries and B&tB?

  • Jack S

    I assume HoD has a 24 episode order, Supernatural 23 & TVD 22? Otherwise premiereing HoD two weeks before Emily Owens would seem odd..

  • Damion

    Unless Supernatural is getting an extra episode and Arrow isn’t, I do not get why they are having Supernatural premiere a week earlier and same goes for Heart of Dixie.

  • Sammie

    October ?

  • joel

    Finally, some premiere date news. CBS and ABC are you there?

  • Sam

    Watch AWKWARD today at 10:30 on MTV!

  • Baqinardo

    What a mess.
    Why different night???
    And Nikita is soooo late. Middle of October?? Really? Ugh!

  • KS

    Damn it. I thought Arrow and Supernatural would premiere in the same week and expected to see the show raise above 1.0 at lest once in long time. But, after looking at the time table, I am pretty convinced and prepared my mind that, Supernatural, at the most might get a 0.7-0.9.
    I will not be surprised if its second episode is the highest rated episode of the season though.

  • Kelly

    I guess its better to start in October that way they wont have so much reruns throughout the year!

  • panda22

    Nikita…..only thing to watch on C-Dub

  • glover

    I think they want to reduce the hiatus of the new shows.

  • joel

    True dat. Premiering the same big night as Whitney and Community.

  • Val

    @Jack S I have heard that Supernatural has a 23 episode order. Not sure about Hart of Dixie having more than 22 though.

  • Dan S

    Those premiere dates are a real mess. What’s going to air before Supernatural on Oct 3rd since The Arrow is being held back a week ? A 2 hr premiere would’ve made better sense.

  • tv#1

    I can’t wait. I love the CW. I hope they have a better year ratings wise.

  • Sid

    So Hart of Dixie has a 24 episode order and Supernatural has 23 right? Otherwise premiering them two and one week(s) earlier than their Tue/Wed night partners seems really odd.

    I’m really excited for the return of Nikita and TVD. Both shows had amazing finales.

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