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The CW
The CW-Logo.jpg
Founded September 17, 2006
President Dennis Miller
Company Nexstar Media Group (87.5%)
Warner Bros. Entertainment (12.5%)
Notable Series Arrow
The Flash
Supernatural
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 Paramount Global) and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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History

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 was a spinoff of a then-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 was a target demographic One Tree Hill achieved that Everwood did 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.

In 2022, Nexstar Media announced plans to acquire a 75% stake in the CW, with Paramount Global and Warner Bros. retaining a joint 25% minority stake. The acquisition was finalized on October 3, 2022. As part of a deal made with CBS during the sale, eight Paramount-owned CW affiliates dropped the network on September 1, 2023 to become independent stations. In late 2023, Nexstar purchased Paramount's 12.5% stake in the CW, increasing its own ownership stake to 87.5%.

In-Depth

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

Primetime Shows (2023-2024 Season)

Primetime

New and returning series
Midseason series
Summer series (2024)
  • TBD
Canceled/ended in 2022-23

Non-Primetime

Saturday morning children's shows (One Magnificent Morning)

Current Primetime Schedule

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
Monday Ride Wild Cards
Tuesday Crime Nation
Wednesday Wild Cards Family Law
Thursday The Conners The Conners Son of a Critch Children Ruin Everything
Friday Penn & Teller
Fool Us
Totally Funny Kids Totally Funny Animals
Saturday College basketball
Sunday CW Movie The Conners

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. It began programming on Saturdays in prime time in September 2021 in exchange for the end of its CW Daytime program block (the time slots of which have been returned to its affiliates).

Current Non-Primetime Schedule

Morning

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

The CW no longer has daytime programming on weekdays due to the network's decision to return the time slots formerly occupied by the CW Daytime block to its affiliates in exchange for programming two hours of prime time on Saturday nights beginning in September 2021.

Late Night

The CW does not have late night network programming.

Nexstar owned-and-operated stations

Nexstar owns and/or operates the majority of the following CW affiliates:

DMA Location Call Digital Virtual Owner
1 New York City NY WPIX 11 Mission Broadcasting
Nexstar (operator)
2 Los Angeles CA KTLA 31 5 Nexstar
4 Philadelphia PA WPHL 17
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth TX KDAF 32 33
6 Washington D C WDCW 15 50
7 Houston TX KIAH 38 39
8 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose CA KRON 7 4
10 Atlanta GA WPCH 31.6/19.6 17 Gray Television
11 Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota FL WTTA 9 38 Nexstar
13 Seattle/Tacoma WA KOMO 30 4 Sinclair Broadcast Group
14 Detroit MI WADL 27 38 Mission Broadcasting
Nexstar (operator)
16 Miami/Fort Lauderdale FL WSFL 27 39 E.W. Scripps
17 Denver CO KWGN 34 2 Nexstar
20 Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto FL KQCA 23 58 Hearst Television
21 St. Louis MO KPLR 26 11 Nexstar
22 Portland OR KRCW 33 32
24 Pittsburgh PA WPNT 21 22 Sinclair Broadcast Group
50 New Orleans LA WNOL 15 38 Nexstar

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