In its sophomore season on The CW, the Riverdale TV show saw a significant increase in the ratings, and its demo ranking even jumped up one slot to fifth place. Now that it’s back for a third season, can this Archie Comics inspired TV series gain even more viewers, or has the novelty worn off? Will Riverdale be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A CW mystery drama, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, and Luke Perry. The third season kicks off with a dark mystery the parents have been keeping a secret, since they were in high school. Meanwhile, Archie (Apa) has been framed for a crime he did not commit, and the new prosecutor, Ms. Wright (Penelope Ann Miller), is gunning for him with gusto.
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.
3/28 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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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.
For comparisons: The second season of Riverdale on The CW averaged a 0.49 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and a total audience of 1.371 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you like the Riverdale TV series? Should this CW TV show be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?
*1/31/19 Update: The CW has renewed the Riverdale TV show for a fourth season. Details here.