The CW’s New Fall Shows Are OK, but They’ll Be Overshadowed by Supergirl’s Arrival

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Our weeklong look at each broadcast network’s new fall shows comes to a close with The CW. Over the past two falls, The CW has collectively fielded the strongest lineup of freshman series among all the broadcasters, with Jane the Virgin, The Flash and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. That’s a phenomenal run—the network’s top-rated show and two Golden Globe-winning series, without a single cancellation in the bunch.

It would be difficult for any new pilot to measure up to that trio, and while both of The CW's new shows are intriguing, they aren’t exhilarating or groundbreaking from the start as those shows were. And both programs will be overshadowed by the other new arrival on The CW’s fall schedule—Supergirl, which is moving over from sister network CBS. Last month, network president Mark Pedowitz predicted Supergirl would be the network’s No. 1 or No. 2 show this season.

And for the final time this week: While a pilot isn’t always the best way to judge a show’s ultimate potential, it’s often the only episode audiences watch before deciding whether to stick around or throw in the towel, especially given all the other new and returning shows fighting for attention. With that in mind, here are The CW’s new fall shows, ranked from promising to slightly more promising.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.