The CW’s renew/cancel standings for week 27 of the 2015-16 season. As a reminder, the standings will be updated weekly whenever there are original episodes on the network, but predictions won’t resume until after “Containment” premieres on April 19. Every scripted show that’s aired so far this season has been renewed.

The CW scripted average through March 27: 0.64

Show Status 18-49 rating Renew/Cancel Index
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed 0.3 0.47
Reign (F) Renewed 0.31 0.48
Jane the Virgin Renewed 0.37 0.58
The Vampire Diaries (F) Renewed 0.51 0.80
iZombie Renewed 0.55 0.86
The 100 Renewed 0.55 0.86
Legends of Tomorrow Renewed 0.93 1.45
The Originals (F) Renewed 0.41 0.64
Supernatural Renewed 0.73 1.14
Arrow Renewed 1.0 1.56
The Flash Renewed 1.4 2.19


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 2016
😦 😦 likely to be canceled by May 2016
😐 😐 😐 tossup between renewal and cancellation by May 2016
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 likely to be renewed by May 2016
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 sure bet to be renewed by May 2016

The Renew/Cancel Index is the ratio of a scripted show’s new episode adults 18-49 ratings to the new episode ratings of the other scripted shows on its network. It’s calculated by dividing a show’s new episode live+same-day adults 18-49 average rating by the live+same-day new episode average of all the new scripted show episodes on the show’s own network. Why live+same-day ratings? Because they correlate very closely with the rarely disclosed C3 ratings (viewing of commercials within three days of air), which are the basis for most ad deals.

Shows that have ended their seasons have their R/C Index number frozen at the point of their final episode.

(F) -Fridays: Shows airing on Fridays tend to be renewed with significantly lower than average Indexes.

(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.

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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