RIVERDALE To End After 7 Seasons - Final Season Will Premiere In 2023

RIVERDALE To End After 7 Seasons - Final Season Will Premiere In 2023

It's the end of an era for another CW show. Riverdale, a live-action adaptation of Archie Comics' most popular characters, will be going off the air after its seventh season.

By DanielKlissmman - May 19, 2022 06:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Riverdale
Source: TVLine

Another comic-book-based CW television series has been axed. Following the cancellations of shows like Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow, the network has decided to end Riverdale, the live-action adaptation of Archie Comics' beloved gang of teenagers. The show (which is currently in its sixth season) will finish with Season 7, expected to be released sometime in 2023. 

Regarding the end of the series, The CW CEO Mark Pedowitz stated at this year's CW's primetime scheduling and strategy press conference (via Variety): "We had a long conversation with [Riverdale Executive Producer and Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa], who's thrilled by this news. And we're going to treat the show in the manner it deserves. It was an iconic pop culture star, and we want to make sure it goes out the right way and that is the decision. I think they choose that seven years is the right amount, and we want to do the right thing. That's a personal thing. As a fan myself. I do want to do what's right for the show."

Pedowitz further stated that he expected the final season not to have its episode count shortened.

During the same event, Archie Andrews actor KJ Apa expressed sadness and excitement about the show coming to a close (via Deadline): 

"I'm sad to be saying goodbye to Riverdale next season, to our sets, to our crew, to our producers, to our CW family but I can speak for everyone, for Cammy [Mendes], Cole [Sprouse], Lili [Reinhart] and the rest of our cast that we are so grateful for everyone’s support. [...] To the fans, without the fans, none of this would be be possible. [...] I can't say I'd miss dying my hair every week, I'm looking forward to being myself again, but I promise you guys, this last season, we are going to end it with a bang, and we can’t wait to share it with you."

While Pedowitz stated that seven seasons felt like a good run for the show, there could be more reasons behind the network's decision, such as The CW's impending sale and the show's declining viewership. According to TVLine, the series averaged 560,000 viewers per episode (including Live+7 DVR numbers). This puts Riverdale at #16 out of the 19 shows that were broadcast on The CW between the 2021 fall and winter seasons. 

To further put that figure into perspective, below is a list of the least-viewed episode from each season of Riverdale (note that the numbers presumably do not account for DVR viewers): 

Focusing on the raw numbers (i.e., without DVR audiences), there has been a steady decline in Riverdale's lowest-viewed episodes as its seasons have progressed. Keep in mind, though, that the show's diminished audience may not be responsible for it ending next year, and it could simply be that, as Pedowitz stated, the creatives behind the series felt it was time to close out the story. 

As pointed out by The Hollywood Reporter, Riverdale marked one of the last three CW shows under the network's $1 billion deal with the streamer. For those unaware, in 2011, The CW struck a licensing agreement with Netflix to have its series released on the platform following their original broadcast. The deal was renewed in 2016, and proved to be beneficial for the network. Per THR, it allowed for The CW to be profitable, and gave series like The Flash and Riverdale a larger worldwide reach. 

However, Deadline reported in 2019 that the deal had come to a close due to The CW's owners — Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount — opting to put their content on their own streaming services (HBO Max and Paramount+, respectively). 

Riverdale stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Madelaine Petsch as Cherry Blossom. 



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valmic - 5/19/2022, 6:23 PM
bye bitch
dracula - 5/19/2022, 6:30 PM
Cant believe this lasted 7 years

Watched season 1, thought it was actually good

Season 2 was a guilty pleasure at best

Quit 1 episode into season 3 it was just too stupid
CaptainFlapjaks - 5/19/2022, 8:42 PM
@dracula - First season was a perfect blend of classic Archie and Archie's Weird Mysteries. It was actually a good show. Betty and Jug were my fave characters. Then Season 2 went waaaaaayyy to far and it just got stupid. And the stupid never stopped.
The1st - 5/20/2022, 10:33 AM
@CaptainFlapjaks - So then, a typical CW show (minus Superman and Lois so the fandom doesn't get up in arms)?
CaptainFlapjaks - 5/20/2022, 11:40 AM
@The1st - yup.....i will say arrow itself trolled that line cause season 1 and 2 were good..3 was meh..4 was bad...5 was good..and i couldnt tell you about the rest but for the most part yea.. your typical george cw bush
GhostDog - 5/19/2022, 6:39 PM
I read they have superpowers and time travel now…
HulkisHoly - 5/19/2022, 6:47 PM
@GhostDog -

Nice reference
MasterMix - 5/19/2022, 6:49 PM
@GhostDog - That is correct, but this is a show with frequent murder mysteries and annual musical episodes. The superpower thing is the least surprising thing honestly. They jumped the Shark about 30 times by this point.
GhostDog - 5/19/2022, 6:52 PM
@MasterMix - I knew about the murder mysteries but they do musicals too? Wow
MasterMix - 5/19/2022, 6:57 PM
@GhostDog - This would probably be the best thing to watch if you wanna see the truly cringy stuff:
GhostDog - 5/19/2022, 10:02 PM
@MasterMix - this…was rough to watch lol
SerKurtWagner - 5/19/2022, 11:23 PM
@GhostDog - I wouldn't call it jumping the shark, because the show actually got fun to watch once the writers stopped caring about trying to be "Dark and Gritty Archie," did a ton of coke and just went freaking insane with the plotlines.
MasterMix - 5/19/2022, 6:41 PM
It's a guilty pleasure for sure. The dumber it got the more entertaining it became. I'm gonna miss watching it actually.
DrReedRichards - 5/19/2022, 6:44 PM

Rest in peace, Δάσκαλε...

Reeds2Much - 5/19/2022, 7:03 PM
@DrReedRichards - Damnit. Amazing pianist.

Not so amazing clone bug glitch nonsense. But at least we can't undo blocks and have a useless dislike button now.
Chekkarma - 5/19/2022, 6:54 PM
Zaslav making his way down that CW lineup

Reeds2Much - 5/19/2022, 7:12 PM
@Chekkarma -

I get to reuse this.
Chekkarma - 5/20/2022, 2:45 AM
@Reeds2Much - Feel free 😂
ModHaterSLADE - 5/19/2022, 7:06 PM
They're basically superheroes on the show now. I'd be surprised if it could get any more absurd anyway.
DartOfHarkness - 5/19/2022, 7:27 PM
I'm actually surprised it lasted this long. The only two people on that show that have a mild amount of acting talent are Lili Reinhart and Charles Melton. Then again, with a CW show, I don't guess that's a prerequisite.

Madeline Petsch is nice to look at though.
KWilly - 5/19/2022, 7:42 PM
Oh boy. Now this cast is gonna have to find work outside this show.
Forthas - 5/19/2022, 7:49 PM
KJ Apa is having some week. Wasn't he supposed to be one of the Wonder Twins...now his TV show is being flushed. I would say I feel bad. But I don't. I do hope he lands on his feet. He does not deserve this, but this is what happens when companies are mismanaged. The employees lose their jobs and the dumb decision makers sell their stock.
SerKurtWagner - 5/19/2022, 11:32 PM
@Forthas - Honestly, I'm pretty sure the cast is rejoicing. They've been pretty obviously desperate to move on to bigger and better projects for years now.
Murderisbadong - 5/19/2022, 8:37 PM
Good riddance. The show progressively got worse season after season. Actors deserves better writing then what they were given. Would like to see KJ APA land some other role in the DC or MCU
DoubleD - 5/19/2022, 9:31 PM

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FlixMentallo21 - 5/19/2022, 10:04 PM

'Condolences' for those who liked the show.

Part of me hopes that soon we'll get a new Archie cartoon that finally lives up to the comedy of the comics. We haven't really had anything like that since the Filmation days.
DarthOmega - 5/19/2022, 11:48 PM
Wait a minute, they had an Archie show? TF?
generictheeric - 5/20/2022, 12:05 AM
They had one good season, but the show is nothing but a meme factory these days. Let the actors finally do other stuff.
TheManWithoutFear - 5/20/2022, 4:46 AM
Well well well. Seems like Madelaine Petsch just got freed up. And Spidey needs an MJ.
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