Last year, The CW’s Riverdale TV show wasn’t in much danger of being cancelled. Its first season ranked sixth on the network, in terms of both its demo ratings and total viewership. Now it’s proving time for the Archie Comics-inspired series. Has the novelty worn off, or can this show build up its audience in the second season? Will Riverdale be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.
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. While Jason’s (Trevor Stines) killer was discovered by the end of the first season, in season two there’s more trouble afoot in Archie Andrews’ hometown, and it has struck at the heart of his family. Someone has shot his father, Fred (Perry), and Riverdale is in upheaval.
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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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 first season of Riverdale on The CW averaged a 0.39 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and a total audience of 1.042 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you like the Riverdale TV series? Should this CW TV show be cancelled or renewed for a third season?
4/2/18 update: The CW has renewed Riverdale for season three for the 2018-19 season. Details here.