While The CW has not quite achieved the success or notoriety of fellow broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, it has carved out a niche that has resulted in pretty consistent ratings for its programs. Of course, the network is the go to destination for DC Comics on TV, with Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow airing on subsequent nights. The CW has also found success with series like Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; the latter of which earned a Golden Globe for series star and co-creator, Rachel Bloom.
The network has a slew of programs that are set to have their season premieres after the new year, including returning dramas The 100, iZombie, Reign, and The Originals. In addition, Riverdale – The CW’s dramatic adaptation of the long-running Archie comics – is set to make its series debut in just a few months. The network has now officially set those premiere dates, which will result in some shuffling of its current schedule.
EW is reporting that Riverdale will debut Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET, while The 100 will return on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. Reign is scheduled to return on Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET with The Originals debuting the following week on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET. Finally, iZombie will have a special two-hour debut on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET with subsequent episodes airing at 9 p.m. following new episodes of The Flash.
With Riverdale assuming the 9 o’clock Thursday slot, The CW has moved Supernatural up a hour to 8 p.m. ET. This, of course, is the slot currently occupied by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Not to fear, though; starting January 24th, Legends of Tomorow will be moving to Tuesday nights following The Flash.
The decision to move Legends of Tomorrow is interesting, to say the least. As it currently stands, The CW has a Greg Berlanti-produced Arrowverse series airing Monday through Thursday. With the time-traveling series set to move to Tuesdays, Thursday will no longer have a DC comic series to attract ratings. That means there will be an entire night where viewers, who may not ordinarily watch The CW if it were not for the comic book shows, decide not to tune into the network. After all,there is no guarantee that there will be an overlap between Riverdale and Legends of Tomorrow‘s audience.
Creatively, the move is of little consequence. Crossovers can still happen on the same night (if there turns out to be more), and it is unlikely that anything would change with Legends of Tomorrow now airing a day before Arrow. Of course, the move could turn out to be smart if Legends of Tomorrow is able to hold onto more of The Flash‘s viewers (currently Legends of Tomorrow is the least-viewed Arrowverse series). After all, it is easier to just keep your TV on than to come back another night.
Legends of Tomorrow continues Thursday, November 17 with ‘Outlaw Country’ at 8pm on The CW. Riverdale premieres on The CW on January 26th, 2017.