THR – The CW has found a freshman show that fits. And, no surprise here, it comes from Greg Berlanti.
Midseason entry Riverdale got the early greenlight for a second season on Tuesday afternoon. The noir-ish TV treatment on characters from the classic Archie Comics joins seven other series already set to return for the 2017-18 season — four of which also come from Berlanti Productions.
Riverdale has posted modest linear returns in its competitive Thursday night time slot, but early time-shifting has been promising. It’s averaging a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2 million viewers, per the latest Nielsen live-plus-seven day ratings. That’s a significant improvement from the CW fall freshman entries, No Tomorrow and Frequency, neither of which are considered likely to be renewed. A CW rep also cites above average streaming, though the network is typically mum on the kind of boosts shows get on the CW app and website.
Perhaps just as important for the CW, Riverdale premiered to warm reviews from critics — and, while technically a comic book property, doesn’t fall into the very crowded bucket of superhero shows. Produced by Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater join Berlanti as executive producers. (No word yet on its sophomore episode count.)