The CW Network has given early pickups to three of the network’s top rated series — ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘90210’ and ‘Supernatural’ — ahead of the network’s upfronts set for later this month.
Renewal for Vampire Diaries was a no-brainer, as it’s the network’s top rated show, drawing between 2.2 million – 3.5 million (season high) a week. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec’s supernatural soap will return for a fourth season, ensuring fans will continue to fight over which immortal vamp Elena (Nina Nobrev) belongs with — the tortured Stefan (Paul Wesley) or the dark and brooding Damon (Ian Somerhalder).
90210 will return for its fifth season this fall. The series has struggled a bit creatively during the fourth season, following the teens of West Bev as they adapt to life after high school. Ratings for the series remained relatively flat since the show returned in September. The show hit a series low of 1.11 million viewers during the April 24, 2012 episode, “Bride and Prejudice.”
Fan favorite Supernatural, one of the network’s veteran dramas, starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki, continues to draw solid ratings on Friday nights as it heads into its eighth season this fall.
Those hoping for news on Nikita, Gossip Girl and freshman series Hart of Dixie, Ringer and The Secret Circle will have to wait a bit longer. The network is expected to announce the future of those series later in the month during the network’s upfronts in New York.
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