The CW at Midseason: Most Watched Fall Since 2010

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December 19th, 2013

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via press release:



At the halfway point of the 2013-14 season, The CW continues to make gains across all platforms, on broadcast and on digital:


·         The CW is up 8% year to year in total viewers season to date (2.07M vs. 1.92M). Through December 15, it is the network's most watched season in three years (2010-11 season). The CW is also up 13% in adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.8/2), up 10% in women 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 1.0/3), and flat in adults 18-34 (0.8/3). (Most Current Nielsen data season-to-date 9/23/13-12/15/13, versus 9/24/12-12/16/12)


·         In final Live + 7 Day ratings for the November 2013 sweep, The CW finished up in total viewers and in key demos, rising 8% in total viewers (2.36M vs. 2.19M), up 11% in adults 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9), up 18% in women 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1), and remaining even in adults 18-34 (0.9).


·         The network has seen the most dramatic growth on Tuesday nights, where THE ORIGINALS has emerged as one of the hottest new series this fall, paired with SUPERNATURAL. (all ratings are Most Current Nielsen ratings through 12/15/13)


o   THE ORIGINALS has improved its time period performance (8-9 pm) versus last season by 88% in adults 18-34 (1.5 vs. 0.8), by 100% in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 0.8), by 62% in women 18-34 (2.1 vs. 1.3), by 91% in women 18-49 (2.1 vs. 1.1) and by 78% in total viewers (3.2M vs.1.8M).


o   SUPERNATURAL, in its ninth season on a new night, is up 17% versus last season in adults 18-34 (1.4 vs. 1.2), up 33% in women 18-34 (1.6 vs. 1.2), up 15% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.3), up 31% in women 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.3) and up 10% in total viewers (3.2M vs. 2.9M).


o   SUPERNATURAL has improved its new Tuesday 9-10 pm time period by 180% in adults 18-34 (1.4 vs. 0.5), by 200% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.5), and by 109% in total viewers (3.2M vs. 1.53M) versus last season.


·         Wednesday nights show ARROW performing on par with last year, when it was one of the breakout hits of the fall season.


·         On Thursday, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is holding steady year to year in its fifth season, and has routinely outrated ABC, NBC, and Fox in its time period among adults 18-34.



·         While The CW is gaining viewers on-air, it continues to see huge growth in the digital streaming of full episodes, and remains hugely popular across social platforms.


o   Across all digital platforms (, mobile and tablet apps, Hulu), digital streaming of The CW is up 52% versus last season.


o   Mobile viewing alone has increased 185% versus last season, and now surpasses viewing of full episodes on computers. The CW mobile app, which launched only last year, has now been downloaded 6.7 million times.


o   In its first season, THE ORIGINALS is now The CW's second-most streamed series, averaging 1.9 million streams per episode, behind only THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which averages 2.5 million streams.


o   THE ORIGINALS is also ranked as the most popular new show on social media, according to ListenFirst, which aggregates and analyzes data streams across social, digital and traditional channels.


o   SUPERNATURAL was the most re-blogged television show on Tumblr in 2013. Of the top five most re-blogged actors on Tumblr, three of them were the stars of SUPERNATURAL, with Jensen Ackles at #2, Jared Padalecki at #4, and Misha Collins at #5. (The other actors in the top five: Benedict Cumberbatch at #1 and Matt Smith of Doctor Who at #3)


o   The CW's most popular show on Facebook is THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which has more than 17.5 million likes for its official show page.

  • Michael

    Pop the champagne, Mark Pedowitz!

  • Oliver

    Great season for The CW. Mark Pedowitz is doing a great job slowly but surely turning the network around.

  • Joseph

    If the Cancellation Bear whacks “The Carrie Diaries”, the CW’s ratings will only go up!

  • EatMorePez

    Notice how they didn’t mention Mondays or Fridays.

  • Will

    Good for you, CW!
    Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow and The Originals will most certainly stick around for next season! Let’s hope the network will launch more succesful new shows :)

  • Contrarian

    Or TTP or Reign!!

  • Pr’

    Ha! TTP and Reign didn’t even get a mention. Whatevs bc I love both. Dixie and B&TB must go!

  • Charmed

    “· While The CW is gaining viewers on-air, it continues to see huge growth in the digital streaming of full episodes, and remains hugely popular across social platforms.”

    TCD does well in this, third most streamed.

  • June

    They also didn’t mention TTP or Reign. Congrats to the CW for having four hit shows this season. The new president is doing a great job.

  • Tom

    It’s only a network press release people. So take it with a grain of salt. To date, the Originals is the CW’s only “solidly” rated new show and that’s likely because it’s a spin off of the network’s most popular series. The other two new programs are pulling 0.6 – 0.7 ratings which is hardly earth shattering at mid-season. The vaunted network turnabout is nothing more than that none of the new series were DOA like Cult and EOMD. However, the CW still has two programs to premiere. So, hold off on popping those champagne corks for a while.

  • Nick.

    Their preference for sci-fi/fantasy over soapy teen drama is certainly a huge factor. A34-49 audience are tuning in more, which indicates exactly that. Their series are still pretty… teeny whiny but all solid guilty pleasures for me.

  • Dochas

    @Tom – don’t be a Debbie Downer. If you noticed, the release is all about their top shows and ratings, saying nothing about their new shows. It’s a fact that their numbers are up. It’s a fact that they have 4 strong shows. Those four shows have increased the ratings and viewership, or at the least, hold steady.
    Arrow, TO and Supernatural having stellar seasons is reason enough for me to pop open an apple cider, if not champagne.

  • Brandy

    @PR, hate to break it to ya(wait.. No I don’t. Lol.) HoD will be renewed for syndication.
    CW has good shows:CD,HoD,Reign,VD(seasons 1-3 were better),TO.BatB is deccent.

  • david

    Good for the network slowly turning around. Mark is doing a goodjob running it. So far he has Arrow and the Oringinals as successes. He seems to be good a scheduling the shows too. I hope they have at least one hit in there midseason shows as well.

  • Tphxitachi

    @Tom, your wrong. Your only thinking about its on air ratings when the online streaming is up massively. And your forgetting about whose line is it anyways performance.

  • Kaylie

    I hope they get comedies on their line up as well.

  • Dahne

    I like what Pedowitz has been doing. He certainly inspires more confidence than Ostroff ever did. I hope the new spin-offs exceed their original shows and truly make the CW competition worthy on more than just one night.

  • Eric_Philly

    I feel vindicated for having called for what’s-her-name to be fired since the birth of the network. Well done!

  • The Original J

    I hope the CW continues to move away from past junk like “Gossip Girl” and toward more shows like “Arrow.” The ratings are showing that those shows are the ones people want to watch.

  • eelna

    Wait if TO gets 1.9 mill streams, how many do TCD as third and Reign as fourth best streaming series get?

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