The CW Network will expand its primetime schedule to include Sunday night for the upcoming 2018-2019 season, growing its lineup of original first-run programming from five nights to six. When the new season launches in October, the young skewing network will provide 12 hours of primetime programming each week Sunday – Friday.
“By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they’re so passionate about. Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers. Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule – now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast line-up, and continue to add content on every platform,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz. “I’d like to thank Chris and Ann for being instrumental in making this happen, and to thank all of our station groups for being such terrific partners as we add Sundays to our primetime schedule this fall on all our affiliates across the country.”
Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., commented, “As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, we are excited to see The CW Network reaffirm its commitment to broadcasting by expanding its schedule to Sunday night. We value our relationship and look forward to an even stronger audience following with more of The CW’s popular primetime programming.”
“We are very pleased with the growth and success of The CW over its 12-year history and look forward to welcoming the expansion of the Network’s primetime schedule to 12 hours,” said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. “Mark and his team have done a tremendous job of putting together a terrific Monday-Friday schedule. We are excited to partner with them to grow our ratings and revenue by adding original series programming on Sunday nights.”
The CW has nine series in development, a record, in contention for the new season including reboots of Charmed and Roswell, and a Supernatural spinoff, Wayward Sisters. The fate of the network’s 15 original series has yet to be decided.