“Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew” are staying on the case for the CW, which has given full season pickups to its fall freshman dramas.
Both shows have delivered modest live ratings in their brief runs to date. The early renewals are a sign of faith in the properties from CW and more evidence that Nielsen numbers are only one metric by which new shows are judged these days.
“Batwoman” stars Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, a cousin of the Dark Knight who happens to be a lesbian. The DC series hails from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti’s prosperous TV shop.
“Nancy Drew” is a contemporary spin on the beloved book series by Carolyn Keene. The series, from CBS Television Studios and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, stars Kennedy McMann as the intrepid young sleuth.
“Batwoman” bowed to 1.8 million viewers on Oct. 6, although viewership has ticked down in subsequent airings in the Sunday 8 p.m. berth. “Nancy Drew” bowed Oct. 9 to about 1.1 million viewers. CW emphasized that both shows are delivering double-digit viewership gains in Nielsen’s L3 and L7 ratings.
Both are also available for free streaming the day after each episode has its linear premiere on the CWTV.com and the CW app.
(Pictured: “Batwoman,” “Nancy Drew”)