Usually, a network’s lowest rated TV series is among those cancelled by the end of a given television season. However, The CW renewed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for a third season, despite its bottom-of-the-barrel numbers in both the demo and total viewership measures. CW President Mark Pedowitz credits the series’ critical acclaim and its positive effect on the network’s image. Will they now work towards building up enough installments for a good sized syndication package? With a total of 31 episodes produced in the first two installments and only 13 ordered for season three, that’s still a bit of a reach. Will Crazy Ex-Girlfriend be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. **Status updates below.
A blackly satirical musical comedy, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend TV show stars Rachel Bloom, who co-created the show with Aline Brosh McKenna, as Rebecca Bunch, a “tightly wound” Ivy educated lawyer. The CW cast also includes Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Ruiz, David Hull, and Scott Michael Foster. After reconnecting with Josh (Rodriguez), her summer camp crush, Rebecca quits a top New York law firm and takes off for California. She’s not following Josh though, as that would be crazy.
This third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend picks up right after Josh strands Rebecca at the altar, in order to pursue the priesthood. This year everyone, including Rebecca, needs to figure out whether her attraction to him has veered into the arena of fatal. Meanwhile, handsome WASP Nathaniel Plimpton III (Foster) has drifted into her orbit, but he’s got his own issues. The rest of the West Covina crew are also struggling on their own road to happiness, and the issue of Rebecca’s mental health still remains an open question.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The second season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW averaged a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 556,000 total viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend TV show on The CW? Is it ending at the right time? Should it be cancelled or renewed for season five and beyond?
**4/2/2018 Status Update: The CW has renewed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for a fourth season for the 2018-19 season. Details here.
**5/17/2018 Status Update: The CW has confirmed that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will end with its fourth season. Details here.