The CW remains confident in its fall freshman shows.
The network has officially handed out full-season orders to both “Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew” this afternoon. The two shows, which are the CW’s only rookie titles to debut this fall, will now run for an additional 9 episodes this season. That means both series will be airing full 22-episode freshman seasons this year, which comes as a strong vote of confidence from the network in both shows.
The full-season orders aren’t all that surprising, as the CW usually tends to stick with even its lowest-rated original series, especially if – like “Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew” – they are based on pre-existing properties.
Neither of the two shows have been performed particularly well in the live + same day ratings up until this point, with “Batwoman” averaging just a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49, and “Nancy Drew” averaging an even lower 0.2. Both shows have scored strong gains in the DVR ratings though, with “Batwoman’s” ratings growing around 80% after 7 days of delayed viewing, and “Nancy Drew’s” growing around 114%.
The two shows are now the latest additions to a growing list of freshman titles to get picked up for full seasons by their networks this fall, joining fellow CW alum, “All American,” along with FOX’s “Prodigal Son,” CBS’ “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Carol’s Second Act,” “The Unicorn,” and “All Rise.”