Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch -- Photo: Smallz & Raskind/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch — Photo: Smallz & Raskind/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The CW announced it was renewing “Crazy Ex- Girlfriend,” the least-watched show on the five major English-language broadcast networks, and six of the other nine series it has aired this fall.

The other series receiving renewals were “Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Jane The Virgin,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural.”

The renewals were announced in connection with The CW’s portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, which is being held in Pasadena.

Decisions on futures of The CW’s two first-season fall series, “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow,” are expected to be announced in May when the network unveils its programming plans for the 2017-18 season, a network executive confirmed to City News Service.

The television ratings website tvgrimreaper.com predicts that “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” are “more likely to be canceled than renewed” by May, based on a formula that evaluates their viewership compared to other series on The CW.

The website considered “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” a “toss up between renewal and cancellation by May,” while the six other series renewed were “certain to be renewed by May.”

Tvgrimreaper.com has been correct in predicting the fates of 10 of the 12 series on the five major broadcast networks whose futures have been announced since the start of the season, including six of the seven CW renewals announced Sunday.

The website considers “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” a draw because it was renewed while it was a toss up.

The CW announced on Dec. 7 that its historical fantasy romance “Reign” would end its run this season before tvgrimreaper.com could make a prediction on it.

Tvgrimreaper.com does not make predictions on series whose seasons have not begun. The fourth season of “Reign” is scheduled to begin Feb. 10.

“No Tomorrow” has the second-lowest viewership among series on the five major broadcast networks, averaging 1.104 million viewers for the 10 episodes that aired through Dec. 27, according to live-plus-same-day figures compiled by Nielsen.

“Whether it’s the fall presidential election, whether it was the World Series, whether it was `This Is Us’ in connection with `No Tomorrow,’ the linear numbers are not where we wanted them to be,” network President Mark Pedowitz said during his press tour session, referring to the critically acclaimed first-season NBC drama.

“We are seeing some digital numbers.  And the nice thing now for us is, with the new digital strategy for The CW TV and having a Netflix deal, we’ll be able to judge whether or not there’s a binge moment and see … come May, whether or not we should bring” “No Tomorrow” and “Frequency” “back.”

“There is no `no’ yet.”

“Frequency” averaged 1.668 million viewers for its nine episodes through Dec. 7, ahead only of reruns of the Fox comedies “Family Guy,” “Son of Zorn” and “Last Man on Earth,” which are considered series under Nielsen rules, “No Tomorrow” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

“Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” are scheduled to complete their 13- episode first seasons this month.

The CW “had no intention of going beyond 13” episodes for either series this season “unless something extraordinary happened” because it has five series whose seasons will begin at midseason, Pedowitz said.

The CW announced in July that its other fall series, “The Vampire Diaries” would end its run this season after eight seasons.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a romantic musical comedy set in West Covina, averaged 743,000 viewers for seven episodes that aired through Dec. 9.

Updated averages including last week’s episodes of “Crazy Ex- Girlfriend,” “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” are not available.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” airs on Friday nights when overall television viewing is at its lowest level among the six nights original scripted programming is aired on the five major broadcast networks.

The renewal of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” “has nothing to do with” its ratings, but came because it is among the series that “have helped alter the perception of what The CW has become,” Pedowitz said, also citing “Jane the Virgin” and its series based on DC Comics properties.

“When you have great critical work on a critically acclaimed nominated show like `Crazy,’ it deserves to be picked up,” Pedowitz said, referring to star and co-creator Rachel Bloom’s two Golden Globe nominations for best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy, including a victory last year.

Pedowitz said the Christmas Day death of the English singer George Michael brought back memories of the 2008-2009 ABC legal comedy-drama “Eli Stone,” which included four appearances by Michael as himself and all the titles of its 13 first-season episodes were from Michael’s songs.

“There have been many times in my career going back to my ABC days that I had wished that `Eli Stone’ and `October Road’ could have continued,” Pedowitz said, referring to that 2007-2008 ABC drama.

Michael’s death “reminded me how wonderful that show was and how way ahead of its time it was,” Pedowitz said.

“Critically acclaimed, great programming, sometimes you just leave it on the air and hopefully, it finds an audience and I am hoping that happens,” for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Pedowitz said.

“And if it doesn’t, I’ll have no regrets of having continued the series on Rachel and (executive producer and co-creator Aline Brosh-McKenna’s) behalf.”

—City News Service

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