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Superheroes Dominate CW’s 2016-17 Fall Schedule; ‘Riverdale’ Held for Midseason

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On Thursday morning, The CW revealed their Fall 2016 schedule to advertisers at the annual Upfront presentations in New York City.

In an unsurprising move, the network decided to lead four of its five nights off with superhero programming. Since The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow are the three current highest rated shows on the network, it seems like good sense to retain their leadoff spots on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.

Supergirl will also keep the Monday night leadoff spot it occupied on CBS. Again, this seems like a logical decision. On a conference call with reporters, CW President Mark Pedowitz acknowledged that they do expect the show’s ratings to be lower than they were on CBS, they still think the relocated drama will earn one of their top ratings’ spots next season.

The Vampire Diaries will also keep its Friday leadoff spot, but The Originals is being held for midseason. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will slide into the Friday at 9 p.m. slot. Its former night partner Jane the Virgin will keep its Monday at 9 p.m. perch behind Supergirl.

Supernatural is on the move once more to a new superhero pairing. The show will kick off its 13th season on Thursdays at 9 p.m. after Legends of Tomorrow.

Reign, iZombie, and The 100 will join The Originals in the held for midseason stable.

In what may be the schedule’s biggest head-scratcher: the network will be holding Riverdale, its buzziest pilot, for midseason. The strategy did work last season for Legends of Tomorrow, but it didn’t work out quite as well for Containment. Even with ratings higher than half the renewed shows, Containment still received the ax after its late bow.

The network’s other two pilots, No Tomorrow, described as a “smart, charming romantic comedy”, will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. after The Flash. Finally, Frequency, described as a “high-stakes drama”, will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. after Arrow.

At this time, no episode counts are being released for any of the shows per Pedowitz.

See the full schedule below:

Monday

8 p.m. Supergirl

9 p.m. Jane the Virgin

Tuesday

8 p.m. The Flash

9 p.m. No Tomorrow

Wednesday

8 p.m. Arrow

9 p.m. Frequency

Thursday

8 p.m. Legends of Tomorrow

9 p.m. Supernatural

Friday

8 p.m. The Vampire Diaries

9 p.m. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Midseason Premieres:

The 100, iZombie, The Originals, Reign, and Riverdale

Not Returning:

Containment 

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Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.