Both of The CW’s first-year shows — and one of its longest-running series — have earned full-season pickups.
“Hellcats,” “Nikita” and veteran “One Tree Hill” all got their back-nine episode orders Friday (Oct. 22). The new series have performed pretty well behind the network’s two biggest shows (“America’s Next Top Model” and “The Vampire Diaries”), while “One Tree Hill” has been a steady performer on Tuesday nights.
“This fall, The CW made several strategic scheduling moves, including adding two of the most buzzed-about new series, ‘Hellcats’ and ‘Nikita,’ to our lineup, and we’re thrilled that they’ve paid off for us,” network head Dawn Ostroff says. “By giving our two freshman series and proven performer ‘One Tree Hill’ full orders, we’ll be able to continue our success and momentum throughout the rest of the season.”
“Nikita” has become the second-most-watched series on The CW after “The Vampire Diaries.” It’s averaging 3.6 million viewers so far this season (including DVR playback for its first few weeks). “Hellcats,” meanwhile, is holding on to about 80 percent of its “Top Model” lead-in.
“One Tree Hill,” which only got a 13-episode order to start the season, is averaging a shade over 2 million viewers, a little better than “90210’s” performance in the 8 p.m. Tuesday spot last season.
Missing from the pickup list is “Life Unexpected,” which has struggled a little bit in its second season. It’s currently the least-watched show on The CW with about 1.7 million viewers per week.
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