Below are the CW TV show ratings averages as of the end of week 22 of the 2012-13 season (Sunday, February 24, 2013). Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.
Week-to-week gains: The Vampire Diaries.
Week-to-week losses: Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, 90210, and Nikita.
New this week: Cult.
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|The Vampire Diaries (renewed)||1.3 (1.32)||2.83||season 4 ratings|
|Arrow (renewed)||1.1 (1.11)||3.37||season 1 ratings|
|Supernatural (renewed)||0.9 (0.91)||2.12||season 8 ratings|
|Beauty and the Beast||0.7 (0.65)||1.73||season 1 ratings|
|Hart of Dixie||0.6 (0.56)||1.40||season 2 ratings|
|The Carrie Diaries||0.5 (0.53)||1.34||season 1 ratings|
|America’s Next Top Model||0.5 (0.48)||1.23||cycle 18 ratings|
|Gossip Girl (final season)||0.5 (0.45)||0.90||season 6 ratings|
|90210||0.4 (0.44)||0.88||season 5 ratings|
|Emily Owens, MD||0.4 (0.37)||1.27||season 1 ratings|
|Nikita||0.4 (0.36)||1.16||season 3 ratings|
|Cult||0.3 (0.30)||0.86||season 1 ratings|
These charts incorporate the daily final CW show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on Friday nights
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.