The CW had been the only broadcast network to not renew any of its shows for next season, but the network corrected that oversight in a huge way on Friday by issuing early pickups for literally every series it currently airs.
That includes freshman series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which is averaging just a 0.3 rating in adults 18-49, but is a critical favorite, as Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe in January for best actress in a musical or comedy series. Midseason hit DC's Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of The Flash and Arrow, was also renewed, along with these nine returning series: The Flash (the network's most-watched show ever, which averages a 2.3 live-plus-7 rating in 18-49), Jane the Virgin, iZombie, Arrow, Supernatural, The 100, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Reign (which is the only show renewed today that is not currently airing on the network).
"The CW has become home to some of the most critically-acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas," said Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, in a statement. "As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017."
That leaves just one The CW series with its fate undecided heading into May's upfronts: new drama Containment, which doesn't premiere on the network until April 19.
The renewals come as The CW has increased its male viewers to 48 percent of its audience, thanks to shows like The Flash, Arrow and The 100. In 2011, men made up just 30 percent of the audience.
Pedowitz's all-at-once renewals echo a similar move he made in January 2015, when he picked up his entire fall 2014 lineup in a show of strength.
While The CW premiered one new show last fall, "we'll probably do two" in fall 2016, Pedowitz told Adweek earlier this year. "That doesn't mean that the two that aren't on the schedule, won't be on the schedule [at all]. It's just, we have really good shows now!" Series that aren't on the fall schedule will return either in midseason or summer 2017.
Last week, ABC issued early renewals to 15 series: America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Black-ish, Dancing with the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Shark Tank and Quantico. But the network still left many shows hanging, including American Crime, Nashville, Dr. Ken and Marvel's Agent Carter.
NBC has been steadily renewing shows throughout the season, while Fox and CBS have made a few key renewals, but have yet to weigh in on several of their shows.