The Hollywood Reporter gave us the good news that The Vampire Diaries has been renewed for a sixth season!
The CW has handed out early renewals to five of its biggest hits.
Returning for the 2014-15 broadcast season are veterans Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural as well as rookies The Originals and Reign, the network announced Thursday. Arrow will be back for its third season, Vampire Diaries its sixth and Supernatural will hit season No. 10.
“This season we’ve had great success with our new hit series The Originals paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said. “The Vampire Diaries is No. 2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and Reign growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I’m very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.”
The CW programs 10 hours of originals, and the renewals lock up half of the network’s original programming schedule for next season.
With the exception of Reign, this crop represents The CW’s strongest performers. Recently hitting the 100-episode mark, flagship The Vampire Diaries remains the network’s highest-rated show and has regularly outperformed Big Four competition from ABC and NBC this season. With an average 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, it has been giving the network’s best lead-in to freshman Reign (1.3 adults), which has grown 8 percent since its soft premiere.
The network’s biggest success story this season, however, has been on Tuesday night. In addition to launching the strong Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, as the new network No. 2 (1.7 rating adults 18-49), nine-season-old Supernatural has been hitting three-year highs. The lone holdover from the defunct WB Network, Supernatural is up double digits from last year. And Arrow, still the network’s most watched series with 3.9 million viewers, continues to bring in men to the female-skewing network.
Worth noting: Arrow and The Vampire Diaries have also seen a 25 percent spike in digital viewing compared with last season. Supernatural has also jumped 57 percent year-over-year.