The three renewals aren’t entirely surprising given the continued strong ratings performance of all three. Arrow, starring Stephen Amell, has proven to be a breakout success for The CW much liked the broadcaster hoped for; it is certainly following in the footsteps of Smallville. It’s strong ratings always made Arrow a dead-cert for a second season renewal it was just a formality.
“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. Not only do [all three] 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.” – Mark Pedowitz
Supernatural meanwhile will return for a staggering ninth season; the drama starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles has found itself a new lease of life thanks to the arrival of show-runner Jeremy Carver. It’s paring with Arrow on Wednesday evenings have also boosted its ratings.
The Vampire Diaries meanwhile will return for a fifth season of supernatural mayhem. The drama, based on the novels by L.J Smith, stars Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev. A spin-off series is also in the works and a back-door pilot will air in April as part of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries. The Originals will star Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies in their Vampire Diaries roles.
As yet there’s no news on the fates of freshman dramas Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries. It’s likely The CW will wait to see how both drama’s rate for the rest of the season before deciding their fates. Meanwhile a question mark hangs over the future of low-rated shows Nikita and 90210 which has recently seen its ratings plummet. In all likelihood one or both will be axed or given final season orders.