“Riverdale” will keep exploring the mysteries of its characters and the title town in 2017-18.

The CW on Tuesday handed out a second-season renewal for the show, a moody, murder-mystery take on the classic Archie Comics characters. The pickup comes six episodes into its first season.

It’s the first CW rookie to earn a spot in next season’s lineup — no surprise, given it’s performed measurably better than fellow first-year shows “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow.” “Riverdale” is averaging a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.16 million viewers the night it airs. A week of DVR and on-demand viewing pushes the show up to 0.8 and 2 million viewers.

Both “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” averaged 0.3 ratings during their fall runs and were not big gainers in delayed viewing.

“Riverdale” joins seven veteran CW shows — “Arrow,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural” — on the network’s schedule for next season. The net has yet to make a call on “The 100”; “The Originals” and “iZombie” premiere in the coming weeks.

“Riverdale” was created by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, who’s also the chief creative officer of Archie Comics. Greg Berlanti — whose company is behind about half the network’s lineup — is among the executive producers.

K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Ashleigh Murray and Sarah Habel star.

“Riverdale” joins these series that have been renewed for 2017-18 and beyond.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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