The CW has granted early pickups to its three top series for the 2012-2013 season. It was announced today by CW President Mark Pedowitz that freshman hit Arrow, as well as The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, will return in fall of 2013.
“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan-favorite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said Pedowitz. “Not only do Arrow, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”
One of the few true breakout hits this season, Arrow earned The CW’s best series premiere ratings since 2009 (the premiere of The CW’s top-rated drama, TVD) and is currently the network’s most watched show.
TVD will be in its fifth season in the fall, and might inspire its own spin off show should the backdoor pilot for The Originals (airing April 25 as an episode of TVD) be picked up for a full season.
Fan-favorite series Supernatural will return for its ninth season. Since being paired with Arrow on Wednesday nights this year, Supernatual has seen a dramatic ratings increase from last season, rising 15% among total viewers.
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