The CW has given new series “Flash” and “Jane the Virgin” full season orders.
“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with ‘The Flash’ launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and ‘Jane the Virgin’ recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz.
“Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and ‘The Flash’ and ‘Jane’ have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I’m thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series.”
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“The Flash,” which stars Grant Gustin as the DC Comics superhero, scored CW’s most-watched series premiere ever, earning 6.1 million viewers in Live plus 3-day delayed viewing Nielsen ratings. It was the network’s highest-rated series premiere among the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 in more than five years, since “The Vampire Diaries” debuted in 2009. The second episode of “The Flash” got a 1.6/5 in the 18-49 demo and 4.1 million viewers, according to live and same day numbers.
“Jane the Virgin,” debuted with The CW’s most-watched and highest-rated show in its time period in two years. For its second episode on Monday, “Jane the Virgin” at 9 p.m. earned a 0.7/2 rating in the 18-49 demo, a 17 percent increase over its premiere episode, and 1.8 million viewers, a 9 percent increase over its debut.
It was also a critical darling this season. TheWrap included it (as well as “The Flash”) in its list of fall shows we’re most looking forward to.
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TheWrap’s TV critic Mekeisha Madden Toby said in her “Jane the Virgin” review:
“Thanks to star Gina Rodriguez, who makes the lead character believable and likable, the journey to Jane’s choice and the inevitable consequences that follow make “Jane the Virgin” highly entertaining and compelling television. It is also arguably one of the best new offerings this season.”
From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, “The Flash” is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Everwood”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone”), David Nutter (“Arrow,” “Game of Thrones”) and Sarah Schechter. It’s based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
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“Jane” is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman (“Emily Owens, M.D.”), Ben Silverman (“The Biggest Loser”), Gary Pearl (“10.5: Apocalypse”) and Jorge Granier (“Que el Cielo Me Explique”).
The CW airs “Jane” on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET and “The Flash” on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.