'Arrow', 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Supernatural' Renewed for Next Season

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February 11th, 2013

via press release:


“Arrow,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” to Return Next Season


February 11, 2013 (Burbank, California) ? The CW Network has given early pickups to three of its hit series for next season, including freshman hit ARROW, its top-rated drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.  All three shows will return in Fall 2013.


“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit ARROW and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL on Wednesday night, and the continued success of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said Pedowitz. “Not only do ARROW, SUPERNATURAL, and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”


One of the true breakout hits of the season, ARROW posted The CW’s best series premiere since 2009 and currently stands as the network’s most watched show (4.3mil).  Heading into its fifth season next fall, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES remains The CW’s highest rated series in target demographics, including adults 18-34 and women 18-34.  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also continues to be one of the network’s top performing shows digitally and socially; in fact, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES recently topped Trendrr’s list as network TV’s #1 social program for the week of January 21–27


The Winchester brothers of SUPERNATURAL will continue to fight the forces of evil for a ninth season.  Since being paired with ARROW on Wednesday this year, SUPERNATURAL has seen a dramatic uptick in its ratings from last season, rising 15% among total viewers, 10% in adults 18-34 and 18% in adults 18-49.


  • Keena

    Not surprised, these three are the highest rated CW shows.

  • geri

    I like Arrow.Glad it was renewed.

  • Nicole

    arrow? much ado about nothing! Despite all the publicity does not get a large audience certainly better than some CW shows. pity that Stephen Amell is bad acting, looks like a piece of wood!

  • Jason50

    @Richard Steven Hack- LOL!! I was wondering when you were going to bring up Ringer. I get what you’re saying, bout the only show this year that I was critical with was Beauty and the Beast. I stopped watching after a few episodes then people said it was getting better, tried to watch it again and still hated it, so I stopped again but I was trying not to dump on the show too much. The next show might be Cult that may leave a bad impression on me as I’ve already seen the early pilot(hopefully they made some fixes to it). As for the Nikita hate I wouldn’t let it get to you much. The show could’ve easily been cancelled after last season, instead I like to think of this season as bonus episodes. Can’t get mad at that only the haters can.

  • Oliver

    It’s early, but The CW had no reason to wait before announcing these renewals since all 3 easily outperform the rest of their lineup.

  • mary

    Arrow is melting like snow in the sun, so much enthusiasm for anything, in fact arrived at 0.9 and is still in its first season! mah!

  • Jt

    With how low 9010 ratings have been while i can see it getting another season it would not shock me if it was 6-8 epiodes and a summer run plus it would be the final season.

  • Nicole

    not suprised by this at all.. now to wait for the cancellation of Beauty and the beast, heart of dixie, and Nikita. And i dont see the carrie diares lasting to long but it just started so they wont cancel it yet. Will any other networks do early pick ups? Im waiting to see if they renew Parenthood.

  • Jarrod

    In all fairness, 90210 got dealt with a pretty crappy hand with the time slot and pairing of shows. It should have remained on Tuesdays at 8:00PM like it was last year. IF 90210 had not been pushed back to 9:00PM on a Monday (much like GG did this 2012 schedule), it could have been much better.
    MUCH similar to Nikita, IF it were moved off of Friday to SAY the timeslot Supernatural got, it could EASILY have a lift in ratings. The problem with The CW is scheduling, which is WHY shows like Supernatural have risen this year (hence why Pedowitz stated that in the release in regards to these renewals).
    It’s obvious that Tuesday nights at 9:00PM don’t do well, so having a lead-in like HOD won’t do well for Cult. The smartest move for the network is to separate their long-running shows to 8:00 time slots as lead-ins to their new shows at 9:00.
    As a long time fan of 90210, I must say that having TCD as a lead-in for it was going to cause it to sink. It’s never been in a 9:00 time slot, so doing that caused an obvious slip and fall for it. I’d honestly move it to Friday’s at 8:00 for the 2013-2014 schedule and move Nikita off to see how well it does on another night instead of it’s Friday.

  • Oliver


    Networks want to give their new shows the best possible chance to succeed, which inevitably means pushing veteran shows into worse timeslots. On The CW, the 8pm slot’s local programing lead-in is stronger than many of their veterans, meaning they get pushed back to 9. 90210 is just an incredibly weak show at this point.

    I think The CW’s schedule is pretty good at the moment (although I think it’ll almost certainly be too sci-fi/fantasy heavy next season, and the lack of variety, such as comedy and black programming, still limits the network). As for Cult, the show was originally targetted for Friday and doesn’t seem like an 8pm show. I agree it drew the short straw but you can kinda see the logic. I have a feeling it might premiere surprisingly well, the key art and advertising is very well done, although the pilot itself is supposed to be a trainwreck.

  • Bill Lee

    After reviewing this season of Supernatural it has been better than the last two. Last weeks episode left me intrigued. I am wondering what they will do next year, but they need to continue to flip the script and remember where they have been. Since the continunity has been lacking it seems like I have been watching an alternate universe for the last couple of years.

  • Ali

    This just goes to show they should stop producing crap like 90210 and gossip girl…bring on the days of the network when Buffy was around.

  • freya

    The ratings for 90210 bombs why don’t they just cancel this flopper such a waste of space.

  • freya

    @Mark3 then you better tell your neighbhoors to watch it not just turn on your 10 tv’s all the time. THAT POOR EXCUSE OF A SHOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN CANCELLED A LONG TIME AGO ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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  • unknown

    @Markwood disagree The first season of supernatural is way better than season 4 and up I agree about season 3 quality decline compare to season 1 and 2 I still find it better than the other seasons.

    Season 4 screwed the show up it never recover completely its decent but not as great as the first 3 seasons. This show wasn’t about Prophecys, Angels, Time Travel, having the winchesters family getting chosen to screw the continuity even more etc.

    It was just two brothers hunting down demons and ghosts who were much more evil and wasn’t annoying in the earlier seasons to fill the family legacy.

  • RG-X

    Arrow! :)

  • ender650

    Not a surprise but still great news.

  • MikeyM

    Supernatural is still on long past it’s expiration.

  • Z

    They should move Supernatural to Tuesday and lauch a show that they want to be the next big thing like Arrow and TVD. Renew HoD move to Monday. Renew B&B and move to Friday after Nikita (also renewed). Have TVD spinoff after TVD for only the first season and then promote it that it will be moving to new time or maybe even before Supernatural.

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