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CW 2013-14 Season Ratings (updated 7/30/14)

cw-tv-show-ratingsOf the five networks, The CW has the fewest hours of primetime to fill but they’re not finding it any easier to find hits. Most of their returning shows are way down year-to-year and some of their new series are struggling. Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned!

CW shows this season (so far): The 100, Arrow, Backpackers, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Famous in 12, Hart of Dixie, Nikita, The Originals, Reign, Seed, Supernatural, The Tomorrow People, The Vampire Diaries, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

How does The CW decide what to cancel or renew? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play an important role. The higher the ratings, the better chance a show has of surviving. Here’s how the network’s shows are doing so far:

Check the other networks’ season rankings: ABC | CBS | FOX | NBC

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A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released. The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing), unless marked with an asterisk (*). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.

Keep in mind that the demo numbers are typically what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating. Because older viewers don’t count? No, it’s because younger viewers watch less traditional TV and are therefore supposedly harder to reach.

Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking.

The networks take into account when shows air on Fridays or Saturday, nights when TV viewership is lower.

What do you think? Which shows are you rooting for? Which one isn’t as big a hit as you thought? Are you hoping any series will get cancelled to make room for something else?


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daryl whitlock July 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm

I’ll miss Nikita, despite its running out of storylines. Glad Maggie Q already has a new show.
If CW is struggling, here’s a thought: Pick up “Leverage” (cancelled by TNT, I think) and pick up “24″ if FOX doesn’t.


nanny July 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

Looking at the ratings it really made no sense why the Tomorrow People was cancelled or Star Crossed when Heart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast were renewed. The ones that were cancelled actually had me watching the other two never really got hooked on.


Dayane July 18, 2014 at 5:46 am

Tomorrow people was and can still be a great show , issue now a days is it’s hard for people to keep up on tv shows but now that the app is up and running for most people they can and will get a lot more viewers the last episode was intense and left everyone with so many questions I’m sure, because I am one of them I been waiting for the next season and I know you will get a good hit just give it another try you won’t be disappointed


Anonymous July 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I agree. We looked forward to watch each episode.


Lisa b July 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Bring back starcrossed by far the best show ever and with a worldwide fan base season 2 wud be no1 top rating !!!!


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