Oso gonplei nou ste odon! The CW has announced a pickup for a 5th season of its stalwart sci-fi series The 100.
Since its premiere in 2014, The 100 has been a sleeper hit for the network, delivering big on Netflix and other streaming platforms even as live numbers fall flat. For the past two years, the show has been included in blanket renewals of all CW’s scripted programs. This year the network opted to wait until after midseason premieres to deal verdicts on several of its shows. Freshman drama Riverdale was also renewed.
As networks shift their focus from same day viewing to Live+7 delayed ratings that include On-Demand and DVR viewings, shows like The 100 and Riverdale enjoy longer tenures despite not having traditional cable numbers. Though the show averages only 1-2 million viewers per episode and 0.4 in the 18-49 demographic, it regularly gets a +70% viewership boost in Live+7. It also performs well on the CW’s own streaming platform. Despite a significant dip from the premieres of seasons 3 and 4 (if you keep up with my recaps, or the internet, you probably know why), it’s been inching up steadily ever since.
The CW has also been known to renew shows that perform well critically, such as Golden Globe snaggers Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And despite a controversial dust up last season surrounding the unceremonious death of fan-favorite LGBTQ character Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey, Fear the Walking Dead), The 100 has always enjoyed a positive reviews from the geekier portions of the internet, if not necessarily Thrones-ian acclaim. The second season even has a 100% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, for whatever that’s worth to you (compare it to Iron Fist‘s 14%, though…).
The 4th season of The 100 airs on Wednesday nights at 9/10pm EST. Season 5 is slated for midseason 2018. The 100 stars Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Paige Turco, Christopher Larkin, Lindsey Morgan, Marie Avgeropoulos, Henry Ian Cusick, Zach McGowan, Devon Bostick and Isaiah Washington.