During the Winter TCAs, Supernatural super-fan and president of The CW, Mark Pedowitz, addressed whether the littlest network would cancel or renew its Supernatural TV show for a 14th season and talked about the potential spin-off, Wayward Sisters. Pedowitz recently extended his contract with The CW, which seems like good news for Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles). Find out what he had to say about the original series and its spin-off.
A CW horror drama which is currently in its 13th season, Supernatural is still a top three show for the network, so it is unlikely to be cancelled. In addition to Padelecki and Ackles, the cast includes Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, and Alexander Calvert. Samantha Smith, Kim Rhodes, Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen, Loretta Devine, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Christian Keyes, Chelsey Reist, Keith Szarabajka, and Jeffrey Vincent Parise are among the guest stars in the 13th season.
CW President Talks About the Future of Supernatural and the Spin-off Wayward Sisters
Deadline reports on the comments Pedowitz made, this past weekend, at the Winter TCAs:
One of the sturdiest CW ratings performer — linearly and digitally — has been veteran Supernatural, currently in its 13th season. It’s become a TCA tradition to check on the future prospects of the series, which has repeatedly defied expectations.
Noting that he and his CW team are not ready to announce renewal decisions yet, “next year would be Supernatural‘s 300th episode which is remarkable,” Pedowitz told Deadline. “That show will go on as long as it keeps going, the boys (stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) keep doing it and the ratings keep holding.”
This season, Supernatural is also tasked with introducing a potential spin-off, Wayward Sisters, starring the original series’ standout Kim Rhodes in an episode that airs a week from Thursday.
“I’ve seen it, I like it but the fans determine,” Pedowitz said. While the first attempt at a Supernatural spin-off, Bloodlines, “did not work at all, this one has an opportunity to work,” he said. “Nothing is perfect but the real question is whether fans will go watch it if the boys aren’t in it. I don’t know but it works, the characters work, Kathryn Newton is a real star, the actress who plays Donna (Briana Buckmaster) is hilarious.”
Supernatural: A Look at the Ratings
The 13th season of Supernatural is averaging a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.79 million viewers. While those numbers may seem low at first glance, they’re great for The CW, particularly for a show which has been on the air this long.
Compared to season 12, Supernatural is up by 1% and up by 7% and ranks second and third, respectively, out of CW TV shows. Outright cancellation seems unimaginable, unless something changes in a huge (and terrible) way.
Supernatural: Where Will It End?
Padalecki, Ackles, and co-showrunner Robert Singer have previously said they would like to take the TV series to 300 episodes. The backdoor pilot for Wayward Sister, which debuts when the show returns from its midwinter hiatus on January 18th, is episode number 13.13 and will be the 277th episode, overall. The 300th episode would be the 13th episode of season 14. Whether the stars and producers see that number as a goal along the road so far, or the end of the hunt for the Brothers Winchester, remains to be seen. When we know more, you will, too.
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