There is much rejoicing throughout the land, and particularly here at, because The CW today announced the renewal of Arrow AND The Vampire Diaries AND Supernatural, its three most sci-fi-ish shows. The president of The CW has been saying a lot of encouraging things about the shows, but actual renewals always cause huge sighs of relief for the productions and for fans.

Here is the report from The CW Blog:

“Arrow,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” to Return Next Season

The CW Network has given early pickups to three of its hit series for next season, including freshman hit ARROW, its top-rated drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. All three shows will return in Fall 2013.

“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit ARROW and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL on Wednesday night, and the continued success of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said Pedowitz. “Not only do ARROW, SUPERNATURAL, and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”

One of the true breakout hits of the season, ARROW posted The CW’s best series premiere since 2009 and currently stands as the network’s most watched show (4.3mil). Heading into its fifth season next fall, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES remains The CW’s highest rated series in target demographics, including adults 18-34 and women 18-34. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also continues to be one of the network’s top performing shows digitally and socially; in fact, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES recently topped Trendrr’s list as network TV’s #1 social program for the week of January 21–27

The Winchester brothers of SUPERNATURAL will continue to fight the forces of evil for a ninth season. Since being paired with ARROW on Wednesday this year, SUPERNATURAL has seen a dramatic uptick in its ratings from last season, rising 15% among total viewers, 10% in adults 18-34 and 18% in adults 18-49.

Unfortunately there is no word yet about Beauty and the Beast or Nikita, two other The CW shows that keeps an eye on, as they are on the fringes of our coverage area. The renewals for Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural came very early, however, so there is still quite a bit of time; most networks announce their fall seasons shortly before if not during the “Upfronts”, which take place the third week of May.

Arrow, starring Stephen AmellColin DonnellKatie CassidyDavid RamseyWilla HollandSusanna ThompsonPaul Blackthorne, and John Barrowman, airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Supernatural, starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

The Vampire Diaries, starring Ian SomerhalderPaul WesleyNina DobrevCandice AccolaSteven R. McQueen, and Joseph Morgan, airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Erin Willard
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Erin is the Editor In Chief and West Coast Correspondent for