The CW schedule is often the most fun to try and figure out, and it is probably the most relevant to KSiteTV readers’ interests. We had gone back and forth for weeks trying to sort things out. And then they dropped a bomb… aside from series that were already announced as ending, nothing would be cancelled from the 2018-2019 TV season. That made planning for 2019-2020 interesting, to say the least, and it can also probably mean that neither of us will get this completely right.
SHILO: I could definitely see The CW keeping Sundays the same in 2019-2020. Both Supergirl and Charmed are doing okay, Sunday is a tough nut to crack considering competition and a lower local lead-in, and they might want to keep Charmed from going later in the week for reasons related to studio politics. Plus it gives them one less night to have to intensely promote. However, I think that Charmed‘s ratings trajectory will cause The CW to try and give it a boost next season, leaving 9:00 open.
Where it’s one of the network’s toughest slots, I don’t think we’ll see a new show premiere here. Of the veterans remaining, Legends of Tomorrow makes the most sense to put here; it’s quietly become a decent utility player for The CW, so they’re unafraid to push it around the schedule, while its fantastical elements feel like a good match with Supergirl, which it’s already inherently compatible with considering they’re in the same universe. I also think that come crossover time, the network will want to keep ratings momentum going, necessitating two DC shows on Sundays to kick things off.
CRAIG: Sundays seemed to be a successful launch for The CW this year, even though even I can never remember half the time that Sunday is Supergirl night. With so many available nights, it’s certainly a good thing that they have the extra timeslot space.
With that said, I think The CW will keep things as they are on Sundays for the new TV season. The shows have performed decently despite increased competition at all times of the year, and that competition especially doesn’t seem to take away too much from Charmed. Putting something that could actually hurt here would be a disaster, though seeing how the “Elseworlds” crossover did, I could see the temptation to be bold and flip Supergirl with The Flash.
There is also the Batwoman factor: A Supergirl/Batwoman night would be quite cool. I’m not entirely sure they will go there, though, because CBS Studios shows need to also be on high-profile nights, hence Charmed getting the nod. For now, though, I’ve got what The CW is currently doing happening all over again.