Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

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.

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