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The CW
The CW-Logo.jpg
Founded September 17, 2006
President Mark Pedowitz
Company ViacomCBS
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Notable Series Arrow
The Flash
The Vampire Diaries
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The CW is a US broadcast network that began broadcasting on September 17, 2006. It was the product of a merger of the networks The WB and UPN. Its acronym comes from the first letters of CBS Corporation (now ViacomCBS) and Warner Bros. Entertainment.



During the 2006–2007 upfronts, it was revealed that The CW only had two new shows set to premiere in the fall, one of which is a spinoff of a current show. Another two new shows were set to premiere during midseason, but one of them, Hidden Palms, was pushed to the summer. In a surprising move, The CW opted to renew low-rated One Tree Hill over the higher-rated and more acclaimed family drama Everwood, possibly in an effort to appeal to younger viewers, which is a target demographic One Tree Hill achieves that Everwood does not.

In its first season, the only new drama launched by The CW, Runaway, was cancelled after only three episodes. At the 2007–2008 upfronts, cult and critic favorite Veronica Mars was not renewed. Also cancelled were long-running shows Reba, Gilmore Girls and 7th Heaven.


  • Program Listing: A complete listing of shows that aired new episodes on The CW.

Primetime Shows (2020-2021 Season)


New and returning series
Midseason series
Summer series (2020)
Canceled/ended in 2019-20


Daytime talk / game / reality shows
Saturday morning children's shows (One Magnificent Morning)

Current Primetime Schedule

Day 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
Monday Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway? Penn & Teller
Fool Us
Tuesday Swamp Thing Tell Me a Story
Wednesday Devils Coroner
Thursday Supernatural The Outpost
Friday Masters of Illusion Masters of Illusion World's Funniest Animals World's Funniest Animals
Sunday Pandora Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Outside of the One Magnificent Morning block on Saturday mornings, the CW does not air network programming on the weekends. Some CW affiliates may pre-empt certain network shows to weekend airing due to carriage of live sports events, special programming of local interest or breaking news coverage. The CW, which previously programmed on Sundays in prime time until 2009 (when it turned its network time slots over to its affiliates to program as they wished), began programming on Sundays in prime time again in October 2018.

Current Non-Primetime Schedule


Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
Saturday Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Jack Hanna's Into the Wild This Old House Trade School Chicken Soup for the Soul's Animal Tales Did I Mention Invention?

Afternoon and Evening

Day 3:00 3:30
Weekday The Robert Irvine Show

Late Night

The CW does not have late night network programming.

Nexstar/E.W. Scripps/CBS owned-and-operated stations

Nexstar, E.W. Scripps and CBS own and operate the following CW affiliates:

DMA Location Call Digital Virtual Owner
1 New York City NY WPIX 11 E.W. Scripps
2 Los Angeles CA KTLA 31 5 Nexstar
4 Philadelphia PA WPSG 31 50 CBS
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth TX KDAF 32 33 Nexstar
6 Washington D C WDCW 15 50
7 Houston TX KIAH 38 39
8 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose CA KBCW 45 44 CBS
10 Atlanta GA WUPA 36 69
11 Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota FL WTOG 44
13 Seattle/Tacoma WA KSTW 11
14 Detroit MI WKBD 14 50
16 Miami/Fort Lauderdale FL WSFL 27 39 E.W. Scripps
17 Denver CO KWGN 34 2 Nexstar
20 Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto FL KMAX 21 31 CBS
21 St. Louis MO KPLR 26 11 Nexstar
22 Portland OR KRCW 33 32
24 Pittsburgh PA WPCW 11 19 CBS
50 New Orleans LA WNOL 15 38 Nexstar

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