'Beauty and the Beast' Gets a Full Season Order from The CW

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November 9th, 2012

Beauty and the Beast just got a back nine order from the CW, making it the second of three freshmen series to get a full season from the network (Arrow was the first). Will this finally take Emily Owens MD off life support?

here's the official release:



 November 9, 2012 (Burbank, CA) – The CW picked up a full season of its freshman hit drama BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville,” “Chuck”) as Catherine, Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”) as Vincent, Max Brown (“The Tudors,” “MI-5”) as Evan, Nina Lisandrello (“Nurse Jackie”) as Tess, Nicole Gale Anderson (“Make It or Break It”) as Heather, Austin Basis (“Life Unexpected”) as J.T., and Brian White (“The Shield,” “The Cabin in the Woods”) as Joe.

Last night’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was up 9% in total viewers versus last week, and also grew in all key adult demos week to week. Season to date, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among women 18-34, and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-34, in most current Nielsen data.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Take 5 Productions/Whizbang Films with executive producers Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”) & Jennifer Levin (“Without A Trace,” “Felicity”), Brian Peterson (“Smallville”) & Kelly Souders (“Smallville”), Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected,” “October Road”), Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Thurgood”), Paul J. Witt (“A Better Life”) & Tony Thomas (“A Better Life”), Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”),  Frank Siracusa (“The Yard”) and John Weber ("Borgias").

  • robin

    only reason it gets a full season is that CW can only axe one new show which is obviously EOMD because the CW doesn’t have a lot of mid season replacement and it would have an open slot if they cancelled both. and even with TVD performing better than last year and a better lead in than last year BatB is still performing worse than TSC

  • Massivehit…not

    @johncarter Massive hit?lol Compared to Arrow it’s a massive flop. It will most likely get the same treatment as TSC. Just something to fill their line-up.

  • Love Me for Me

    @John A
    The show got a 0.8 for Season 1 Finale.

  • Ultima

    B&TB won’t fall below .5 It will always have at least 50% retention of TVD. So unless TVD plummets Beauty will still be above .5

    Didn’t people say that about The Secret Circle last year?

  • were123

    Unless B&TB keeps drawing 0.7s for the rest of the season or better it’s going to get cancelled. Right now, you could say the rating is a bit safe, as it’s CW’s #4 show, but of course only because it follows #1. If it goes to 0.6 is a toss up, if it hits 0.5 by the end of the season (or sooner) it’ll be a goner

  • Erik

    Beauty and The Beast to Friday, The Selection after TVD on Thursday, and Cult after HoD when Emily is cancelled.

  • Ultima

    B&TB won’t fall below .5 It will always have at least 50% retention of TVD.

    See, I made the classic mistake of not looking at the numbers before opening my mouth. Of course, so did you…

    25 October – TVD 1.3, B&B 0.6
    1 November – TVD 1.5, B&B 0.6

  • Ultima

    The Selection after TVD on Thursday

    The pilot that is still in development? Are you talking about next season?

  • Michael

    This does make me wonder, how Beauty and The Beast would rate if it wasn’t for a strong lead-in… It’s not good to always rely on a lead-in for a fan-base.

  • Nikki

    thats some sales pitch.. giving it a full season is a mistake.. its doing much worse then TSC did last year. Id bet the ratings dive to 0.2s before the season ends.

  • Brandy

    Love me for me actually 0.7. & that was the lowest rated show renewed that year-Life Unexpected got 0.7 and was cancelled in season two.
    I’m really happy Beauty got a full season, it’s a good show.But it’ll move to Tues in place of EO at Midseason and Cult will premiere after VD and CW needs to find a show to put after Nikita on fri after it moves back to 8 instead of repeats all season.

  • Oliver

    The CW has to put something on their schedule and since Emily Owens MD has bombed, this is a no-brainer.

  • SPM

    BIG MISTAKE CW if its getting 0.6s this early what wil it be getting by next May 0.2s?

    IDIOTS as usual.

  • Sam

    Translation: We’re giving you 9 more episodes to end your show and let us cancel it(which is a totally new tactic).

  • SPM


  • SJ

    I think that they will push the ANTM premiere up to February and have it air Fridays at 9. Emily Owens gets cut after 13 episodes and Cult premieres in its place.

  • Pepper

    Carrie Diaries




    Arrow repeat

  • Michael

    I love that people assume that Vampire Diaries mega fans will watch Cult, just because Matt Davis is the lead actor on the show.

  • HB

    What? :O

  • AT

    Some people are extremely nasty and to be frank, just immature. I think this is great news! I love the show and think it has improved immensely since the pilot. They’re really finding themselves now. All the people and their over the top negative predictions just sound bitter. I get it. Shows I’ve loved have been canceled. Pedowitz himself said Ringer was canceled because it wasn’t doing well online with the downloads. As for The Secret Circle, it did take a nosedive and there were a lot of people who felt the show was going in a creatively negative direction. Not to mention it was the “it” show last year. BATB never has been that. Arrow is this year’s Secret Circle. Just because BATB is airing in the Secret Circle slot does not mean that it is or ever has been the same story. Plus that show had a large cast. There are so many factors that are taken into consideration. Anyway, I hope the word keeps spreading about the show and the ratings will eventually climb more.

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