Why The CW's Renewals Are Bad News For Two Shows

This was a good weekend for CW fans, when the network revealed early renewals for some of its most beloved programming. All of the DC superhero shows will be receiving new seasons, as well as Supernatural, Jane the Virgin, and critical darling Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. While these renewals were a great surprise, newcomers Frequency and No Tomorrow were not listed among the lengthy list of renewed shows. This could spell some serious troubles for these two shows, and their first seasons may also be their last.

There is no official word that Frequency and No Tomorrow, two of the freshman shows introduced to the CW's slate last fall, have been canceled by the network. But we really only need to read between the lines to notice that their exclusion from the renewal announcement isn't good news. For one thing, it shows that the CW may not currently have faith in either shows, something that they've previously demonstrated in the past. No Tomorrow, an apocalyptic dramedy, and Frequency, a time travel drama, also weren't given back orders for additional episodes earlier during their premiere seasons. Each show will end Season 1 with 13 episodes, the last of which will air in January. If there was ever a time to announce a second season, now would be the time.


The freshman shows also don't generate high ratings, something of a necessity in the TV game. Frequency, for instance, only generates an average rating of 0.29 in the coveted 18-49 demographic. It had a solid premiere with 1.3 million viewers, but viewership has dwindled since then and the show has not been able to reclaim those numbers. No Tomorrow is in a similar situation, barely bringing in half of the viewership from its season opener.

If there's one silver lining in this scenario, it's Netflix, the Garden of Eden for struggling TV shows. The CW has a deal with Netflix wherein all of the network's shows will be available for streaming eight days after their respective season finales air. That means No Tomorrow and Frequency will soon be on Netflix, and if viewership is high (or at least acceptable), the CW could opt to renew the shows for another season. The network could just be playing the waiting game to see how things are going to play out. That's by no means a guarantee, but it's hope for any fans out there.

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Again, nothing is confirmed but make sure to check back in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated on the fate of Frequency and No Tomorrow as soon as it becomes available.

If you'd like to catch these new shows, No Tomorrow airs every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST, while Frequency airs every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EST on The CW. Don't forget to check out our midseason premiere guide to learn which shows are definitely returning in the spring season.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.