Coming as no surprise, The CW announced yesterday that its two new supernatural shows Charmed and Legacies have received additional episode orders for the season with the former series getting nine and the latter getting three. Charmed has performed relatively well in same day viewing for The CW early in its run as that network attempts to re-establish itself on highly competitive Sunday nights. Legacies started out somewhat soft in the lead-out hour from Supernatural on Thursdays, but saw its numbers improve last week. And the younger-skewing CW has adapted to the 21st century much better than the other broadcast networks and has more heavily factored online viewing into its model. Charmed and Legacies are the 3rd and 4th most watched shows for the network based on digital viewing on the network’s website and app according to Deadline Hollywood, behind The Flash and Riverdale. Plus, The CW has a deal with Netlix to make the entire season of a show available eight days after it has wrapped up its broadcast run. Riverdale has performed very strongly in its encore runs on the streaming service and I expect that Charmed and Legacies will as well because they appeal to the same young adult audience. I was at first concerned that Legacies only received three additional episodes and not the typical Back 9, but apparently it got a later start in production because it skipped the pilot stage, and a shorter first season has been the plan all along.
The Fall season is in full swing now so expect more updates and announcements to be made over the next month or so. Plus, there are still several Summer and Spring shows that we are waiting to hear word on such as Humans, Into the Badlands, and Salvation. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.