Two of the new fall shows have made enough of an impact at their broadcast network to receive full-season orders. Variety reports that the CW upped its orders for both “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin.”
The move takes “The Flash’s” season order to 23 episodes, with “Jane” expanding to 22 episodes.
“’The Flash,’ which is a spinoff of the network’s well-received ‘Arrow,’ opened with one of the biggest audiences for a CW show in Live+3 (6.2 million), beating ABC and Fox shows in the time period — which is unusual for the network,” Variety reports. “While ‘Jane’ had more modest numbers, the show’s ratings are an improvement over CW shows in last year’s time slot (‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Tomorrow People’). It is also a critical darling, with Variety TV critic Brian Lowry praising the show’s charm and star Gina Rodriguez.”
The CW President Mark Pedowitz said: “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.”
Pedowitz added: “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.”