Updated: The CW Picks Up 'The Originals', The Tomorrow People' & 'Reign' for Full Seasons

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November 11th, 2013

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Update: The CW has issued a press release about the pick-ups of its fresh man drama series'.


November 11, 2013 (Burbank, CA) – The CW has ordered full season pickups for all three of its freshmen series, THE ORIGINALS, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE and REIGN, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

“In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger primetime schedule.  Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially,” said Pedowitz. “We're excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series, and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season. With the additional episodes ordered, plus two new dramas and new reality for midseason, we’ll be able to continue our commitment to adding more original programming all year long.”

Season to date on-air, The CW is up 9% year to year in total viewers, up 10% among adults 18-49, and is flat year to year in both adults and women 18-34. With DVR usage and digital viewing continuing to rise, 31% of The CW’s total broadcast audience now comes from time-shifted viewing after the original airdate. 40% of The CW's total overall audience for its season premieres this fall came from digital viewing. The CW's digital streaming of full episodes is up 50% season to date versus last season, and the three new series picked up today see 84% more digital viewing than The CW's new series last fall.



Multiple sources are reporting that the CW has picked up the back nine episodes of all three of its freshman dramas The Originals,  The Tomorrow People & Reign. Each show will air 22 episodes this season. The Originals is a big hit by CW standards, ranking as one of the network's top programs. The Tomorrow People and Reign's futures seemed less certain, as ratings for each show have declined significantly from their premieres.

  • Tim

    All three are shows I watch. Very pleased!!

  • Charlie

    woohoo Tomorrow People and Originals are awesome :D

  • Michael

    Yay for the originals!
    But can reign and ttp hold enough viewers with a back nine because clearly both shows
    Are lacking getting a lot of viewers and demo from it’s lead in

  • Rebooted

    Even Reign? hmm

  • rob60990

    Reign? Did the CW not learn anything from Beauty & the Beast?

  • Pedro

    No surprise for TO. And it’s actually really good! (Same with the 5th season of TVD so far, much better than last season)
    I guess they still have faith in TTP and Reign. Haven’t watched none of these two yet, but I plan to give them a try. I gotta admit i’m a little curious about Reign.

    The real question is: What will be their timeslots duing Spring? The Originals will stay where it is, but will they keep TTP after Arrow or will they use that lead-in to try and premiere The 100?
    Assuming BATB gets shipped to Fridays, Star-Crossed will probably take the Monday 9pm slot, but what about The 100?

  • Kim

    FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this news for the last three weeks!

  • Zoniako

    Wasn’t Reign a limited series?

  • feinn

    Mid season shows must suck

  • L

    Wasn’t Reign supposed to be a limited series?

  • Michael

    This is what I love about the CW, they give shows and fans closure, they believe in their line-up of programming, as a result it shows! Besides: The Beautiful People.

  • Thiago

    My guess:
    8PM The 100
    9PM Supernatural

    8PM The Originals
    9PM Reign

    8PM Arrow
    9PM The Tomorrow People

    8PM The Vampire Diaries
    9PM Star-Crossed

    8PM Hart of Dixie
    9PM Beauty and the Beast

  • marcos

    Reign? really?!

  • DiegoC

    well, I guess BATB and dixie will bee shipped to friday next year.

  • Romeo Yotat

    i love he originals and tomorrow people. reign maybe i am going to see how it is i have confident that all of those new shows are going to get renewed for 2 season

  • Michael

    8/7c Star crossed
    9/8c The Tomorrow people
    8/7c The Originals
    9/8c Supernatural
    8/7c Arrow
    9/8c The 100
    8/7c TVD
    9/8c Reign
    8/7c Hart of Dixie
    9/8c Beauty and the beast
    CW mid-season

  • HeadlessHorseman

    I wouldn’t be surprised, if TTP or Regin’s ratings fall significantly, to see their order reduced by a few episodes. CBS did it with Vegas last year but only by 1 episode.

  • Carl

    At least this means there will be less fighting here over which one should get a full season.

    The downside is this means even more fighting over BATB…

  • Dahne

    Good for them. Let’s hope they don’t nosedive in the spring.

  • CBSviewer

    CW should keep The 100 for next Season.

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