The CW has actually improved its fortune this year in the ratings, as you now have three days in Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with shows capable of drawing more than a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic. That’s a nice bump up from when Wednesdays were pretty awful last year, but with better ratings also comes higher expectations.
With that in mind, it’s not a shock to see that the network is already showing their hand with what they really feel about some of their programs. Their midseason schedule contains many shows shifting to new nights, and you can read some possible renewals / cancellations into it.
1. After Monday, February 10, “Hart of Dixie” will go on hiatus. It is not going to return until Friday, March 21, where it will air at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time after “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. In one way, we feel like this is a show that could keep most of its audience in that timeslot, since there will be no competition from “The Voice” and there are no similar shows on. However, it’s also against the Friday warrior otherwise known as “Shark Tank.” As for bringing “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”at any time that is not summer, we’re against it. Why ruin what is a good thing?
2. “Hart of Dixie” will be replaced on Monday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern series with alien romance series (you read that right) “Star-Crossed.”
3. Following Monday, March 10, “Beauty and the Beast” will be shelved indefinitely, and replaced with “The Tomorrow People” the following week. That’s not good news for the superhero show, since this timeslot has been murder for most shows over the past two years.
4. Replacing “The Tomorrow People” on March 19 will be “The 100,” which we are hoping will be somewhat different than “The 4400.” We’re not shocked to see this move, given that “The Tomorrow People” is losing a big chunk of the “Arrow” lead-in.
5. The lineups on Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain intact, which shows that The CW is probably more confident in “Reign” right now than “The Tomorrow People.”
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