With Just One New Fall Series, The CW Takes the Biggest Risk of Any Network

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The CW concludes Adweek’s week-long fall TV preview today not with a bang, but with a whimper. While the other four broadcasters are rolling out at least five new series apiece over the next two months, The CW has only one freshman show on its schedule. That’s what happens when you only program 10 hours a week and renew your entire lineup from the previous fall, as the network did earlier this year.

While the network still isn’t a factor in the broadcast battle for adults ages 18-49, it picked up significant momentum last year with The Flash, its most-watched series ever in the 18-49 demo, and Jane the Virgin, the first CW show to win a Peabody and Golden Globe. That sets a pretty high bar for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

As we've been saying all week, while a pilot isn’t always the best way to judge a show’s potential, it’s often the only episode that audiences watch before making a decision about whether to stick around or cut bait (especially with all the other new and returning shows fighting for their attention). With that in mind, here are The CW’s fall shows, ranked from … well, there's just one show, so here it is:


@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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