Why the Lowest-Rated Series on Broadcast TV Has Just Been Renewed

Jan 9, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The series that ranks as the lowest-rated program nationally on broadcast television picked up a renewal for a third season, with Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW, announcing the renewal of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” at the network’s session Sunday at the TCA Press Tour.

As we reported separately, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was one of seven series receiving early renewals from the CW.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Pedowitz defended the decision to bring back the series, which has been a critical darling even as it struggles to attract eyeballs.

The show has been chalking up awards and nominations, including a win last year at the Golden Globes for star Rachel Bloom for best performance by an actress in a television series, comedy or musical. Bloom, who is also the show’s co-creator, was nominated again this year in the same category, but did not win.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has also picked up a couple of Emmys, for outstanding choreography and outstanding single-camera picture editing for a comedy series. Among other honors, Bloom also won the Critics Choice TV Award for best actress in a comedy series last year.

THR quotes Pedowitz saying Sunday: “When you have great critical work on a critically acclaimed, nominated show like ‘Crazy,’ it deserves to be picked up.” He mentioned that when he was at ABC, he wished he could have extended “Eli Stone” and “October Road,” THR notes.

Said Pedowitz: “Critically acclaimed, great programming — sometimes you just leave it on the air and hopefully it finds an audience. I’m hoping that happens and if it doesn’t, I’ll have no regrets about renewing the series.”

Pedowitz added that the show has helped “alter the perception of what The CW has become.”


  1. Eli Stone was AWESOME. I didn’t realize the star was British until he took on Elementary.

  2. Rachel Bloom is Tina Fey if she could sing.

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