Here are The CW’s renew/cancel standings for week 18 of the 2018-19 season, and why the network’s newest TV reboot has gotten off to a strong start this year.
|Show||Status||18-49 rating||Renew/Cancel Index|
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Final Season||0.13||0.03|
|All American||🐻 🐻 🐻||0.24||0.14|
|Dynasty||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.17||0.07|
|DC’s Legends of Tomorrow||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.31||0.21|
|Charmed||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.31||0.21|
|Legacies||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.33||0.23|
|Black Lightning||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.33||0.23|
|Supergirl||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.40||0.30|
|Roswell, New Mexico||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.40||0.30|
|Supernatural||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.42||0.32|
|Arrow||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.43||0.33|
|Riverdale||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.43||0.33|
|The Flash||🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||0.67||0.57|
The CW should be happy with how “Roswell, New Mexico” – a reboot of the late-90s WB show, “Roswell” – is shaping up so far.
Airing after “The Flash” on Tuesdays, the freshman series premiered with a 0.4 live + same day rating among adults 18-49, placing it only behind “Charmed” as the network’s highest-rated series debut of the season so far. Even more notably, however, “Roswell” held onto that same 0.4 in its second week.
Its 0.4 L+SD average makes it, currently, the CW’s highest-rated rookie series of the season, and depending on how much its ratings decline in the coming weeks, could even manage to hold onto that title. Only time will tell if “Roswell” can achieve that, but for now, it’s sitting comfortably as a likely renewal.
Note: All of The CW’s shows are produced by network owners CBS and Warner Bros., so the (O) designation (see below) is immaterial.
|DSW||Dead Show Walking: All but officially canceled yet still airing|
|🐻||sure bet to be canceled by May 2019|
|🐻 🐻||likely to be canceled by May 2019|
|🐻 🐻 🐻||tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2018|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||likely to be renewed by May 2019|
|🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻 🐻||sure bet to be renewed by May 2019|
The Renew/Cancel Index is the amount above (or below) a replacement-level rating — i.e., the expected adults 18-49 rating of an emergency fill-in show should a series be canceled. For the 2018-19 season, replacement level is a 0.6 same-day rating in adults 18-49 for the Big 4 networks and a 0.1 for The CW. (Read more here.) The index number is taken by subtracting 0.6 (or 0.1) from a show’s average same-day rating.
Friday scripted shows (denoted with an “F” above) on the Big 4 have average ratings about 30 percent lower than those of other nights, therefore their ratings are multiplied by 1.43 (1/0.7, or 70 percent) before subtracting the replacement-level number.
Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.
(O) – Owned: All other things equal, shows owned by studios affiliated with their networks have a better shot at renewal than those from outside producers.