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CW renews 'Arrow,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural' and more

The CW is on an early renewal spree, announcing Thursday that "Arrow," "Reign", "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" will return next season.

CW president Mark Pedowitz, in a statement, listed the reasons. The Tuesday pairing of "The Originals" and "Supernatural" has boosted the night for the network, helping it achieve its most-watched Tuesday since 2008.  The rookie "Vampire Diaries" spinoff will return for a sophomore season while the long-running vet will return for a 10th season that will help it reach its 200th episode.

"The Vampire Diaries," meanwhile, continues to be a force in the young adult demo on Thursday nights, and extends its strength in the social media sphere. And "Reign," though not exactly on par with its "Vampire Diaries" lead-in, has steadily grown in its time period; during last month's TCA, Pedowitz seemed bullish on its prospects.

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Then there's "Arrow," which hit a target for the network in the ratings out the gate with its freshman launch last season. In its second season, it's the network's most-watched series (3.9 million) and has proved that the CW isn't all about the girls, with the show gaining among men 18-34.

"[W]e now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” Pedowitz said in a statement.  “I'm very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.

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