Batwoman and Nancy Drew Score Full Seasons at The CW

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If you read our recent Cheat Sheet for The CW, the news from the network today won't surprise you too much.

In recent years, The CW has renewed just about everything that goes to air with very few exceptions.

And with Arrow Season 8 as the anchor's swansong for the Arrowverse (can we still call it that?) and the ever-dreaded final season of Supernatural, they're hungry for new hits.

Bat Drew

Batwoman and Nancy Drew didn't exactly pop out of the gate, but the network has confidence in the freshman pair.

Today, The CW announced that both received an order for the back nine episodes of the season, so they're official for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

The CW Cheat Sheet: Dynasty on the Bubble, Batwoman a Lock for Renewal

They didn't receive renewals at this early stage, but that's normal.

Party Time - Batwoman Season 1 Episode 3

Batwoman is currently averaging 1.52 million viewers and a 0.37 in the ratings demo. But when you add in DVR and digital viewing, the numbers jump by 80 percent.

We picked Nancy Drew to be a bubble show in our recent article despite holding up well out of Riverdale.

Averaging under a million viewers and a 0.21 rating gave us some pause, but again, with digital and DVR viewing increasing the viewership by 114 percent, the network sees promise.

The best news for both of these shows is that The CW has full streaming rights for both.

Investigating  - Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 2

That means if you're late to the party, you can get your feet wet right on The CW app -- an app that generates mandatory ads, which always aid in a decision to continue or renew.

As the target demo likes watching their programming on their own terms and on a range of devices, that's beneficial indeed.

Batwoman Season 1 Episode 3 Review: Down Down Down

Here at TV Fanatic, Batwoman, although receiving mixed reader reviews, has the edge by over half.

The allure of the Batman universe is hard to beat even when it's unlikely he'll ever be anything but mentioned in passing on the series.

Close Up on Kate and Alice - Batwoman Season 1 Episode 2

The conversations around Batwoman are, at least, lively, and that means people continue to watch even if they might not be 100% on board.

As for Nancy Drew, comments have been sparse, but the overall reaction is positive.

Since Nancy Drew surely skews female, it might be that the male audience hasn't been willing to give it a try yet.

Perhaps with a full season ahead, they'll reconsider.

Making A Call - Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 1

What are your thoughts on the full-season orders of Batwoman and Nancy Drew?

Do you watch one or both shows?

Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 3 Review: The Curse of the Dark Storm

How have they measured up against your expectations?

Hit the comments and let us know what other shows you hope will get the full first season treatment.


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