The CW closes out the first round of Bubble Watch 2013 on Zap2it, and while only three shows are on the fence for next season, that’s still a lot: Since the network only programs 10 hours of primetime per week, that’s a full 30 percent of the schedule.
“Arrow,” “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries” have already been renewed for next season, and “Hart of Dixie,” which has been a fairly consistent self-starter on Tuesday nights, also seems safe. On the other side of the ledger, “Cult” is probably doomed by its weak start in the ratings, and “90210” is officially on its way out.
The case for it: A passionate, engaged fan base — it won the People’s Choice Award for best new drama earlier this year — is the kind of thing a smaller network needs in this fragmented marketplace.
The case against it: Its Nielsen ratings are lower than what “The Secret Circle” averaged in the same timeslot last season.
The case for it: Though its ratings have been nothing special this season, they have been fairly steady, and its total audience is bigger than that of the show it replaced, “Gossip Girl.” A network built on teen dramas has very few of them on its air at the moment.
The case against it: “Carrie” hasn’t really moved the needle among the network’s core young, female viewers.
The case for it: The Friday drama actually saw its ratings improve with a time-period shift earlier this season, and it’s hung tough since then, even though it’s basically on an island.
The case against it: Despite the recent gains, it’s still losing viewers compared to last season.