The CW Announces Season Finale Dates Including 'Arrow', 'Supernatural', 'Hart of Dixie', 'Nikita', 'Cult', 'The Vampire Diaries' & More

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February 26th, 2013

Per The Futon Critic,  CW has announced season finale dates for the entirety of its current lineup. The full list (in chronological order) is below:

-The Carrie Diaries: Monday, April 8, 8 p.m. ET
-Hart of Dixie: Tuesday, May 7, 8 p.m. ET
-90210: Monday, May 13, 9 p.m. ET
-Cult: Tuesday, May 14, 9 p.m. ET
-Arrow: Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m. ET
-Supernatural: Wednesday, May 15, 9 p.m. ET
-The Vampire Diaries: Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m. ET
-Beauty and the Beast: Thursday, May 16, 9 p.m. ET
-Nikita: Friday, May 17, 8 p.m. ET


    Unlikely they dump Cult unless it starts pulling .0-.2. Repeats wouldn’t do much better and they already have at least 6-8 in the can. Worst case it’s a reduced order but I’m guessing they air them all.

  • JulieDawn

    I think the CW Upfronts are on May 16th – which means BATB fans will either watch the last episode celebrating or in tears.

    Assuming something hadn’t already been announced one way or the other.

  • Dan

    I’m very sure CW will give 90210 a final season, its horribly rated but yet so was Fringe and Gossip Girl in their penultimate season.

    @CrimTV – If The CW gives 90210 a final season it will air this fall likely as a placeholder for a midseason drama. My guess is exactly like Gossip Girl did this season.

    @Reache – I doubt it, The CW never cancels a midseason show during the season, they just air it out and then cancel it. Translation, we wont here about Cult’s cancellation until the upfronts. We also wont hear about 90210 getting a final season or Nikita, Carrie Diaries & Hart of Dixie’s renewal or Beauty and the Beast’s cancellation until upfronts or maybe a day or two before. Now that CW renewed its obvious trio, they wont make anymore announcements until May.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    Yes finale numbers count, but only a very small %. In fact, the entire spring as a whole trend, counts a lot more. Mostly though, it is the behind the scenes contract negotiations with all actors & all shows, mainly the bubble shows, that matter.

    Networks have been working all along to secure all the likely/certain renewal shows actors & even the producers/writers & the Studio’s on for another season. During that time they also work on their bubble shows but don’t sign on the dotted line until all or nearly all shows have tentative but solid deals in place & that they look @ the Spring/Season plus Syndication Potential as well as the Pilot Season potential for what to pickup to series among other things like overall budget.

    It is a huge expensive operation with a lot of moving pieces that obviously for many parties needs to wait to deadline to resolve. True, Networks can get renewals out to the public but that’s for the top priority shows aka certain renewal except in rare cases like FRIENDS which NBC didn’t want to pay such a huge per actor rate & the actors wouldn’t budge but the ratings were still very high.

    Another very small factor is that if you announce Series finale esp for those shows that are freshmen, not long term shows House or even Fringe/Private Practice/Gossip Girl/30 Rock/The Office, the potential for a viewer drop is even greater. I’m not sure how Last Resort & Emily Owens did after their cancellation notice vs b4, but even if they didn’t go down, no reason to risk it. However, those weren’t bubble shows when the notice was given. I can’t recall a freshmen/no real syndication potential bubble show being given a series finale notice vs just season finale.

  • jimmers

    thanks @anna! That’s where my answer was floating along I just needed some confirmation based on this topic.

  • The End

    I can see Arrow lasting several seasons, if not more. All they really need is a new dynamic for each season to make the story for that season work. The show in general is oddly watchable.

  • Jonas Jade

    Looks like Carrie Diaries may be in more danger than previously thought since its ending the season before May.

    See: Ringer last season (ended in April, cancelled).

  • Jarrod

    If TCD is ending early, why not put 90210 BACK to it’s original time slot and see how it does? Surely seeing how it goes back in it’s 8:00 time slot could vary it’s chances of being renewed if it could adjust back into it’s 0.4 or even 0.5 like it was earlier this season.

  • Casandra

    CW should bring back Emily Owens Md. Show was doing a whole lot better than TCD, Cult and BATB. Can’t help but feel it’s a backlash caused by the cancellation of that show.

  • Faye

    BaTB has fell to a 0.5 way before spring, when TSC finally fell to that level. So I can see BaTB dropping to 0.4s and yes, 0.3s when spring comes. The show will be gone as it can’t benefit from tvd’s lead-in and it’s highly unlikely that it will get more than a 0.4s on another night.

  • Hugh

    Whens Vegas back on?

  • davie

    Ok, the thing about 90210 is that the audience just isnt there, and its so easy to see because of the fact that its on TheCW. looking back, Smallville got a Final Season with 22 , which did great in the ratings on fridays, it was a genre show with the audience. Pedowitz came in with a positive idea which I respected, about giving veteran showz final Seasons and renewed gg for like ten episodes. That tanked in the ratings. who knows if WB/CBS will get back fromthat decision from dvds, so theyre probably thanking 90210s final season ratings wouldnt be worth the money when that could go to a new show next season.

    fall 2013 Cw:
    Monday@8- HOD
    Monday@9- The Tomorrow People
    Tues@8- The Hundred
    Tues@9- The Selection
    Wed@8- Arrow
    Wed@9- SPN
    Thurs@8- TVD
    Thurs@9- Originals
    Fri@8- Nikita
    Fri@9- Oxygen

    I dont think theCW is having much luck with 13 ep midseason shows. Going all in the fall or one show fridays at nine with 13 eps to see how it rates.

    Cancel tcd, cult, 90210

  • davie

    And BATB*

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    Cult will air all its season order despite of its ratings. If Pedowitz gives 90210 a final season, he should step aside and go home because it already pulled a 0.2, can you imagine the ratings next year? even hardcore fans don’t deserve that.

  • Mark Wood


    In no legitimate way was Emily Owens doing better then any show on the CW, certainly not Carrie Dairies or Beauty & the Beast. Cult it basically tied

    If you are talking about total viewers, well thats all an good, but ad buyers don’t pay based on total viewers (networks would love it if they did), they pay off of age and income based demos.

    We see the age demos, we have never seen income demos for the CW except for Gossip Girl which had absolutely stellar income index numbers.

  • L

    I honestly think if The CW want to maintain atleast some threat of dignity, they’ll cancel 90210– or better yet, they should have announced that this was it’s final season and told the producers to wrap it up once it started to bomb even more last year. There’s almost no real demand behind the show, unlike One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl, both of which atleast deserved a final season.
    Networks need to mark the hard decisions to be successful and if The CW keeps avoiding cancelling flops (90210, Nikita, The Carrie Diaries, Cult, and to an extent, Beauty and the Beast; I’m look at you), they’re just going to keep dragging down the network. This season they actually had some success with Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, but those three shows can’t keep a network afloat– the difference between their ratings and the rest of the network is truly mind boggling as to how some shows are still on the air.

  • Claudia

    Sometimes I just love to come an read people comments always hating on the oher bubble show’s fans they dont like. I just sit, relax, watch my BATB which Im enjoying a lot from all the other shows, Im a Romance sucker so this is the right show for me. And if you guys have a problem with this show being a chicks show, so be it!!! I will wait until May to see how things evolve, so far we “beauty and the beast fans” are enjoying every bit of it and we will stick to the end whether it goes to a second season or not but I will not be bashing other show’s fans theories on why or why not their show has to stay on air, its not nice and Kharma is a bitch any way or anywhere, proven! And right now, syndication, lead-in, ratings all is BS at the end The CW will do what its best for their pocket and the developing of the network and the potential of a show…simple as that!

  • Ray

    Futoncritic already had these as the end dates. Why is this news?

  • Sam

    @ Davie: Fri@9- Oxygen

    Never in a million years will The CW premiere a new show on Fridays. While I do agree with some of your picks I think the most likely pick-ups will be:
    The Originals, Company Town, The Selection and Oxygen. I’m not sure about the rest (one or two more, maybe?) but these seem very likely to get picked up.

    The Originals: No explanation needed. Nothing after TVD has worked so why not make two hours out of it? Seems as good an idea as any at this point …

    The Selection: I doubt they would have spent money on another pilot if they didn’t think they got the script right this time.

    Company Town: The only none-genre-show and probably cheap to produce.

    Oxygen: They seem to bet on a mix of sci-fi and dystopia next season and while the rest of the pilots seem rather expensive, Oxygen does not and it is also the only rather typical highschool themed show.

    I fully expect TCD and Cult to be cancelled. If they decide to renew BatB (unlikely but it has a chance) it will be paired with Nikita on Fridays.

    I do think The Hundred and especially The Tomorrow People have a shot as well but I’m pretty sure Reign will not happen.

  • Alan

    90210 – Season Finale
    The Carrie Diaries – Season or Series Finale
    Hart of Dixie – Season Finale
    Nikita – Season Finale
    Cult – Series Finale
    Beauty and the Beast – Series Finale

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