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Supernatural will never die! And that's a good thing -- as long as the show stays a good thing. Supernatural is now airing Season 14 and was just renewed for Season 15. During the TCA's 2019 winter press tour, The CW President Mark Pedowitz said he hadn't made a decision on Season 16 yet. But he did address the longevity of the show, and was asked about getting into a contest with, say, NCIS, which is currently airing Season 16. He joked that NCIS may outlast them, but got serious about the future of Supernatural, since it's a question that comes up every year:

Look, as I said many times -- who wants to repeat it for me? Look, as long as the ratings hold up and the guys want to do it, we’re in. It’s really that simple. They have created something of these two brothers, we’ve had these discussions that actually transcends anything. I am excited that next week, February 7, I believe, is the 300th episode. It is special. It is wonderful. Some great returning characters are coming back. And, again, if I could find a way that it stays the whole time on and it still holds up and the studio can still figure out how to do it, we’re all in.

Yes, as long as the Winchester brothers -- Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) -- are still on board, and fans are still on board, this supernatural journey will never end. So far, Supernatural Season 14 seems to be on par with the viewerships of the past couple of seasons.

The big 300th episode is Season 14, Episode 13, called "Lebanon," and it may attract still more viewers. That milestone episode will indeed air February 7, with John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as one of the returning characters. That Winchester family reunion already has some fans emotional.

During the TCA panel, Mark Pedowitz mentioned Supernatural as something of a lucky charm in helping to introduce new CW shows. He was asked if it was difficult to find a spot on the schedule for the new show In the Dark, which premieres this spring. Pedowitz said no, because of Supernatural:

[T]he show that has launched or has been the lead in or lead out to almost all of our successful shows is Supernatural. It has the most balanced audience. We felt that was the best shot of getting it out there. So we thought Thursday at 9:00 was the right time period for [In the Dark].

Right now, The Vampire Diaries/Originals spinoff Legacies is airing Thursdays at 9 p.m., after Supernatural, and the lead-in has certainly helped, since Legacies just got itself a Season 2 renewal. Newcomer In the Dark will take that spot once Legacies' 16-episode run ends this spring.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, and the big "Lebanon" episode arrives February 7. Keep up with everything happening on TV in 2019 with our handy midseason schedule.

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