CW’s ‘Arrow,’ ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Supernatural’ get early renewal

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — The CW announced Monday it has given early pickups for next season to freshman superhero drama “Arrow” and veteran series “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural.”

That takes “Arrow” into a second season, while “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” will enter their fifth and ninth seasons, respectively.

“Arrow” was a breakout hit for the network. The Wednesday drama, based on DC Comics’ “Green Arrow,” premiered in October to 4.1 million viewers — making it the CW’s most-watched telecast of any show in three years and its most-watched premiere since “Vampire Diaries.” It currently stands as the network’s most-watched show, averaging 4.3 million viewers. It’s been paired with “Supernatural,” which has seen bumps in ratings from last season, particularly in the demographics of viewers ages 18 to 34 and 18 to 49.