In a move that should come as absolutely no surprise, TVLine is reporting
that the CW has canceled 90210
and the show will come to a close at the end of this season. 90210
is currently in its fifth season and celebrated its 100th episode earlier this year. It has also seen a precipitous drop in its ratings to epic lows, even by CW standards. Twelve of the 15 episodes that have aired so far this season were watched by less than 1 million viewers. By comparison, the season 4 finale is the only other episode of the show to get less than 1 million. It has failed to do better than 800,000 since the start of 2013 with the past two barely hovering over half a million. This coming from a show that, thanks to name recognition, premiered with 4.65 million viewers.
By comparison, the canceled Emily Owens, M.D.
never dropped below 1 million viewers. 90210 is basically getting less than half the viewers of almost every other show on the CW.
So the fact that it's finally coming to an end is no surprise. On the bright side for the few people still watching, this early decision means the writers and producers will know that it's the series finale and can plan accordingly.
The cancellation also boosts the chances of a renewal for other CW shows. Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural have been picked up for next year
and Cult getting moved to Fridays
means it probably won't survive. That means The Carrie Diaries
, Hart of Dixie
, Beauty and the Beast
are the only four shows with a chance at a renewal. Assuming the CW doesn't want to load half of its fall schedule with new programs, that means at least two or three of those four will get picked up.
Will Silver ever have a baby? Will Annie and Liam wind up together? Will the CW give AnnaLynne McCord the spin-off she rightfully deserves? And will the series finale open the door for any famous original Beverly Hills residents to come back? Probably not on those last two, but I can dream. Find out the answers to these and more questions as 90210
airs its final episodes Mondays at 9pm on the CW.
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