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If you're a fan of Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and/or Supernatural, there's good news. The CW has spared you the anxiety of waiting for word on whether or not these series will return with new seasons after the current ones wrap up. The network has given early pickups for all three shows, which are confirmed to have a place on the Fall 2013 line-up.
Of the three mentioned series, this is particularly good news for Arrow, considering it was among the CW's debut shows this season and many comic fans had high hopes for the superhero series. The Wednesday-night drama posted the CW's best series premiere since 2009 and stands as the network's most watched show at 4.3 million viewers. The series is paired with the long-running drama Supernatural, which will head into its ninth season this fall. For Season 8, the show has risen 15% in total viewers and 10% in adults 18-34. It sounds like the CW made the wise choice in putting these two shows together on Wednesday night, so it wouldn't be surprising if we saw them paired together once again when they return next fall.
Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries is the CW's highest rated series in target demographics, which includes adults 18-34 and women 18-34. The vampire-focused drama will be back for its fifth season in the fall.
The success of all three series demonstrate how well genre programming is working out for The CW. And given the current trends in fiction for young adults, that's not at all surprising. Nor would it be surprising to see even more of genre shows on the list when the CW finalizes their 2013-2014 schedule this spring.