Springtime is a hopeful one at the broadcast networks, as they embark on filming pilots and hope that one of them is that next big hit. It’s also a stressful one for some existing shows, which are waiting to hear if they’ll be back for another year.
The CW has already renewed five shows for the 2014-15 season. “The 100” has been performing well early in its life and seems like a good bet for renewal, and the “Arrow” spinoff “Flash” seems almost certain to land a place on the schedule too. That doesn’t leave a ton of real estate for bubble shows like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hart of Dixie.”
The upside for them, though, is that like the other broadcast nets, The CW seems to be looking for ways to cut back on in-season repeats, which could mean more space for some of these. Which shows will be back? Read the breakdowns below and vote to keep or kill them.
The case for it: On a network that touts the engagement of its audience over raw numbers, fans don’t come much more loyal than those of “BatB.”
The case against it: A move to Mondays this season has driven ratings down: It averaged 2.1 million viewers in Live +7 last season vs. just 1.3 million in 2013-14.
‘The Carrie Diaries’
The case for it: The “Sex and the City” prequel held its own despite moving to Friday nights this season; in Live +7 ratings, it fell only a tenth of a point in adults 18-49.
The case against it: It’s the least-watched of The CW’s shows this season.
‘Hart of Dixie’
The case for it: Probably the best utility player The CW has, “Hart” has pulled fairly steady ratings wherever it’s aired. It’s the second highest-rated show on this list.
The case against it: Steady though ratings may be, the show has never broken into the upper echelon of The CW’s roster, and that’s not likely to change now that it’s three years old.
The case for it: Its numbers on Mondays are pretty much in line with those of “Hart of Dixie” earlier in the season. It refreshes the teen-romance genre now that “The Vampire Diaries” has grown up.
The case against it: “Star-Crossed” is nonetheless at the low end of the scale for The CW’s shows in adults 18-49.
‘The Tomorrow People’
The case for it: By a pretty good margin, it’s the top-rated show not yet renewed by The CW. Its creators, Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec, have more than a little pull at the network.
The case against it: A fair amount of its ratings success can be attributed to airing behind “Arrow” for the first half of the season. Since moving to Mondays the numbers have declined.
Voting will be open through Tuesday, April 15. You can also vote in bubble polls for ABC, CBS,