It’s going to be a blast from the past for The CW when the network launches their new seasons in fall of 2018. That’s because for the first time since 2009 they’ll be offering programming on Sundays.
According to Deadline, The CW’s slate of programming will now stretch across six nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Friday. Originally when the network launched in 2006, taking place of the ended UPN and WB networks, they ran shows on Sunday night but in 2009 they backed away to allow the night to their affiliates.
“Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers,” the CW president Mark Pedowitz said. “Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule – now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast lineup, and continue to add content on every platform.”
Reportedly discussions about taking back Sunday nights have been a topic of conversation since Pedowitz joined the network in 2011 but finally solidified in a discussion with The CW’s owners CBS and Warner Bros. last July.
The move makes sense as it gives the network more space on their slate and gives their affiliates programming on that night that viewers will likely tune in for. With the big slate of current shows that have yet to be renewed and a bunch of pilots including the Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters and a Charmed reboot for the fall, The CW has plenty of shows that could air on the weekend.