As far as The CW is concerned, Supernatural will continue to air as long as the show's cast, crew and fans are game. Back in 2005, when Supernatural started, nobody could have guessed that the show would carry on (“my wayward sonnnnnn”) for quite this long. The series has aired 264 episodes already, survived The WB’s rebrand into The CW, and it shows no signs of slowing down as the 13th season inches closer to our screens. There’s even a spinoff on the cards, and a Scooby-Doo crossover.
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are the heart of the show, of course, and neither of them has displayed much desire to call it quits and put the series to rest. Although Ackles has ideas about how Dean’s story could end, actually making that happen doesn’t seem to be on the ‘to-do’ list of anyone involved.
The old question of 'Just how long can this thing run for?’ was raised at the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour, giving fans an opportunity to hear the latest opinion from the relevant corporate bigwigs. The CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, stepped up and offered this statement as his answer:
“I can answer the Supernatural question now. As long as the boys want to do it [Laughter from the audience] and ratings hold, Supernatural will stay on the air.”
Essentially, then, there are no plans to end Supernatural. Only one of the stars jacking it in, or the ratings nose-diving off a cliff, could kill the series at this point. And neither of those things looks like happening anytime soon.
Padalecki and Ackles seem happy to sign up for more every time they need to, and a cursory glance at the stats shows that Supernatural has been holding steady around the 2 million U.S. viewers mark for years. And that number doesn’t take into account foreign audiences, disc sales or a fair amount of online streaming.
As such, it’s a very good time to be a Supernatural fan. It would a dramatic shift in the current status quo for the show to meet its doom in the near future. And with Wayward Sisters being developed, there could soon be two shows in this universe running concurrently.
Fans of stories with a beginning, a middle and an end might be less thrilled to read this news. Given that they’ve already battled Lucifer and met God, where can these characters actually go from here? You could argue that an ending would add more to their story than countless seasons of recycled characters and shoehorned problems.
Supernatural continues on The CW on October 12.