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Supernatural: Schedule change, and no repeats

TV Fodder site Sci-Fi Fodder (and lots of other places) have picked up on the story that Supernatural is losing its time slot.

I don't think that's exactly accurate.

Here's what has happened

Due to the writer's strike, Supernatural will run out of episodes before the end of February sweeps. It will be replaced, not by repeats of the show, but by the CW show Reaper.

This is similar to what will happen with Lost. Grey's Anatomy will run out of episodes in January, and Lost will premiere, temporarily taking Grey's time slot.

Now, with Lost and Grey's, there is no doubt that when Grey's comes back, it will get its old slot, or a new, plum, slot.

With Supernatural, who knows? The network has been only lukewarm toward the show, it seems. They certainly haven't done it any favors by moving it to the slot against Grey's. And the decision not to show repeats is puzzling, though not the decision to show new Reaper episodes.

See, CW has contractually obligated to show ads during a show on Thursday nights that will pull in a certain rating. New episodes of Reaper are probably what the network believes will give them the best chance, and they may be right. I think more people, or at least roughly the same number of people, will tune in to watch new episodes of a different show, compared to watching Supernatural repeats.

Plus, it may build viewership of Reaper, and CW desperately needs viewers right now.

But Supernatural is one of their most successful shows, so I'm keeping an optimistic outlook about the network's decision against airing Supernatural repeats.

Oh, and by the way, the January 31 episode - the first new one in a while - is supposed to be a good one. But it will certainly lose out to the Lost premiere. However, I think there will be a lot of weekend DVR viewings of our favorite show.


Posted by Miller on January 9, 2008 8:36 PM
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I disagree 100% that the CW will get the same number of viewers or more viewers for a new episode of Reaper as they would for a rerun of Supernatural. Reaper will tank against Lost.

I know for a fact that SN viewers are the MOST devoted TV viewers on the planet and they do watch SN reruns. I do not know of one SN fan that wants to watch Reaper - new episodes or not - and especially not in place of our show in our timeslot.

-- Posted by: Lindsay at January 9, 2008 10:36 PM

I agree with Lindsay - I don't know of any SN fans who will watch Reaper reruns in place of Supernatural. Reaper made the fatal error (probably strategically planned though) of naming its lead character "Sam". The Devil calls him "Sammy"; there's only room for one Sammy on the CW Network and that's "our very own Sammy Winchester" and only his big bro Dean who sold his soul to resurrect him gets to call him that. I practically guarantee that most SN fans will not tune in when Reaper replaces SN on the CW's "undefinined mid-season schedule "break".

I again agree with Lindsay that SN repeats well compared to other CW scripted shows.

-- Posted by: Scifidiva at January 9, 2008 11:34 PM

"I think more people, or at least roughly the same number of people, will tune in to watch new episodes of a different show, compared to watching Supernatural repeats".....


... You and CW are in for a big disappointment if you really think this will happen. NO FRIKKIN WAY!
I will so enjoy hearing how Reaper flunks against even the repeats of CSI, Grey's and their likes (not to mention New episodes of Lost) Only a show like Supernatural can hold up against such enormous competition on the CW. This experiment will prove just that!

-- Posted by: MaySN at January 10, 2008 10:55 AM

Supernatural competes against Grey's, CSI and the Office and still manages to get around 2mil. in reruns. Yes, reruns, not new Episodes.
That's about what Reaper gets in it's Tuesday timeslot for a new Eppy. See the problem?
Reaper also only has 13 episodes total and is shown twice a week. I mean how many times can the rerun it?
I completely understand that the CW is trying to get new viewers for Reaper, but they could have just switched Supernatural to Tuesdays Reaper slot instead of taking it off the schedule.
And you can't even compare the two anyways since Reapers only competition will be new Episodes of Lost, instead of three Powershows that Supernatural competes against every week.

-- Posted by: Jasmin at January 10, 2008 1:01 PM

OK..maybe I was a bit sensational in the title, but I agree with the sentiment of all of the commenters on both our posts:

The CW is making a mistake.

Heck, I *like* Reaper, but it is not in the class of Supernatural. They should really be running Supernatural season 1 on a loop on Saturday and season 2 on Sunday for people to get hooked.

Instead, they pull it for a month. In my opinion, it really hints toward the cancellation of Reaper, or Supernatural or both. And, I really don't want that to happen.

(BTW - great post and great article that you linked there!)

-- Posted by: Fred at January 10, 2008 3:55 PM

ok are you kidding me?? no way could reaper ever get better ratings than supernatural in the "death slot." I dont see why the cw is so against this show. apparently no one working at the network has ever watched this show. it is completely different than any other show on tv right now. it would be suicide for the cw to stop airing episodes of supernatural. apparently they dont realize how many people are going to completely boycott the cw. I just dont see why they would replace a show that is holding its own with something that will totally tank with all of the other competition during this timeslot. I just dont see why they would do this to the show that gives them the most ratings....


-- Posted by: Kaitlin at January 10, 2008 5:28 PM

I think your data may be faulty. I think what's happening is this: Supernatural will show its remaining new episodes beginning 31 Jan in its regular time slot, against new episodes of Lost. When Supernatural runs out of new episodes, CW will move the remaining new episodes of Reaper into that slot, still up against new episodes of Lost. Then, everybody runs out of new episodes, including Reaper. But inexplicably, the CW will then show Reaper reruns in Supernatural's time slot instead of reruns of Supernatural. Supernatural, the best show CW has, is the ONLY show, to my knowledge, that is being taken completely off the schedule. Everyone will be in reruns, but Supernatural won't be anywhere. A huge mistake (or maybe a nefarious plot) by some silly suit at CW who apparently never learned how to promote a superior show. If the network wants or needs to promote Reaper, then they should take Supernatural off, since SN would kick butt. If the network just wants new viewers, they should keep SN on and begin rerunning the show from Season One, and take the opportunity to grab lots of new fans and viewers. Dawn Ostroff must be off her meds.

-- Posted by: Delia Foster at January 10, 2008 6:11 PM

I think your data may be faulty. I think what's happening is this: Supernatural will show its remaining new episodes beginning 31 Jan in its regular time slot, against new episodes of Lost. When Supernatural runs out of new episodes, CW will move the remaining new episodes of Reaper into that slot, still up against new episodes of Lost. Then, everybody runs out of new episodes, including Reaper. But inexplicably, the CW will then show Reaper reruns in Supernatural's time slot instead of reruns of Supernatural. Supernatural, the best show CW has, is the ONLY show, to my knowledge, that is being taken completely off the schedule. Everyone will be in reruns, but Supernatural won't be anywhere. A huge mistake (or maybe a nefarious plot) by some silly suit at CW who apparently never learned how to promote a superior show. If the network wants or needs to promote Reaper, then they should take Supernatural off, since SN would kick butt. If the network just wants new viewers, they should keep SN on and begin rerunning the show from Season One, and take the opportunity to grab lots of new fans and viewers. Dawn Ostroff must be off her meds.

-- Posted by: Delia Foster at January 10, 2008 6:11 PM

I think your data are faulty. It's my understanding that the CW plans to continue to air reruns of Reaper after they run out of new episodes.

First, Supernatural will have its remaining new episodes, competing against new episodes of Lost. Then, while Lost is still running new episodes (they have 8, I believe), Reaper will have its remaining new episodes against Lost.

Then, pretty much everybody runs out of new episodes. But the CW will choose to show Reaper reruns in Supernatural's slot, while cutting Supernatural, and ONLY Supernatural, off the schedule completely.

It's pretty obvious somebody at CW needs a dose of holy water.

-- Posted by: Delia Foster at January 10, 2008 6:17 PM

I think your data are faulty. It's my understanding that the CW plans to continue to air reruns of Reaper after they run out of new episodes.

First, Supernatural will have its remaining new episodes, competing against new episodes of Lost. Then, while Lost is still running new episodes (they have 8, I believe), Reaper will have its remaining new episodes against Lost.

Then, pretty much everybody runs out of new episodes. But the CW will choose to show Reaper reruns in Supernatural's slot, while cutting Supernatural, and ONLY Supernatural, off the schedule completely.

It's pretty obvious somebody at CW needs a dose of holy water.

-- Posted by: Delia Foster at January 10, 2008 6:17 PM

I think your data are faulty. It's my understanding that the CW plans to continue to air reruns of Reaper after they run out of new episodes.

First, Supernatural will have its remaining new episodes, competing against new episodes of Lost. Then, while Lost is still running new episodes (they have 8, I believe), Reaper will have its remaining new episodes against Lost.

Then, pretty much everybody runs out of new episodes. But the CW will choose to show Reaper reruns in Supernatural's slot, while cutting Supernatural, and ONLY Supernatural, off the schedule completely.

It's pretty obvious somebody at CW needs a dose of holy water.

-- Posted by: Delia Foster at January 10, 2008 6:18 PM

Dawn has never liked supernatural. She has tried,so hard to eliminate it from the schedule for a long time coming. The only thing saving us is the fact Supernatural is a dang good show that has a huge and loyal fan base. Reaper was her way of trying to appeal to the fans of the genre,in hopes of giving us something other than supernatural to keep us happy. The problem is Reaper is not that good,it has no staying power. I watched one episode and new it wouldnt last. The show just doesnt grab you like supernatural does. I dont believe it will help Reaper to gain new fans,but even if it does they wont have the staying power of the likes of us supernatural fans. All the CW has done is enrage hardcore fans of supernatural,and prolong the death of Reaper.

-- Posted by: magoghair at January 10, 2008 6:43 PM

Well, let me - sort of - defend my post. I think that the loyal fans of SN won't tune in for Reaper. Agreed on that 100%. But the casual fan may. SN and Lost appear to appeal to the same demographic. Reaper appeals to a similar, but somewhat different, at least in my opinion, demographic.

The decision not to show repeats, however, is just indefensible. It's stupid, no doubt about it. Fred is right, this show should be showing repeats beginning from Season 1 on loop, especially during the strike, but even without the strike they should be doing it.

It may be that CW (who, no doubt, seems to be doing everything they can to kill the show), is just trying to see if a different genre will appeal to viewers who are tuned off by Lost.

-- Posted by: Miller at January 10, 2008 7:07 PM

They really pissed me off. I think the writer's strike might've been good 4 Supernatural. If everything is a repeats, new ppl might tune in 2 check it out. So I am really mad at The Cw,

-- Posted by: Jay at January 10, 2008 7:10 PM

Ahso, Grasshopper. Many moons ago, there was a fledgling network called Fox who had a wonderful little show called 21 Jump Street with a very talented actor named Johnny Depp. Said show and actor catapulted said fledgling network to success. While the genre is completely different, SN and its actors could catapult CW into a successful network, if said network would just let them. No chance for new fans if it's not on the air. The fans have been promoting this show and this will just undo the number of fans we have gained for the CW. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

-- Posted by: kywildcat at January 10, 2008 7:11 PM

“Oh, and by the way, the January 31 episode - the first new one in a while - is supposed to be a good one. But it will certainly lose out to the Lost premiere. However, I think there will be a lot of weekend DVR viewings of our favorite show.”


Erm…No… speak for yourself. I have no intention of watching Lost’s premiere, but I may tape it, not DVR it – for my daughter who will be traveling that day. My live viewing and DVR recording will be reserved for Supernatural only.

"Lost" lost me as viewer at the end of S2 because the show became so obnoxiouly impressed wth its own mythology. I watched some of S3 - reluctantly - because my daughter is a fan. The finale was awful, the only really memorable moment was Charlie sarificing his life and the fast forward - total dreck- if I wanted to watch a drug addicted doctor I would still be watching House.

If the CW thinks true Supernatural fans will be apppeased by Reaper because it's in the same "genre" the execs are sadly mistaken.

-- Posted by: Scifidiva at January 12, 2008 6:32 PM

i agree with everyone else. reaper to me just looks totaly retared and i am not interested at all inwatching it. like other shows i have loved on other networks that also had a huge following, i am disapointed they canceled yet another good show with a huge fan base.
there were only two shows i looked forward to watching duyring the week out side of the csi and csi:ny, and the two i loved the most were blood ties and supernatural and sadly both are gone now.
why do the networks keep cancelling good shows and fill it's spot with doo doo or another stupid reality show?
i really hope that supernatural returns or is picked up by another network. if it is picked up by anohter network the cw will loose more viewers. oh and thanks alot for canccelling veronica mars as well. cw has nothing to offer it's viewers now.

-- Posted by: kris at February 22, 2008 11:03 AM

Supernatural isn't canceled, it's just not showing repeats in March and April.

It will come back with new episodes on April 24 for 4 episodes. Eric Kripke is confident that there will be a season 4, not just because it's the second highest rated CW show (or non-reality CW show, maybe), but also because they may be able to syndicate at the end of season 4.

-- Posted by: Miller at February 22, 2008 11:22 AM

I think SN will crush any other show out there. I don't care what you say. People can't lose interest in SN I can't lose interest even if I tried. (Not that I have ever tried or ever want to.) Not everything I am saying is just my opinion. As far as I have seen everyone I know that has seen supernatural can't stop watching it. It's addicting, it's the only show I plan to watch. I can't wait to see the next episode, I will have ice cream ready and turn it up loud.

-- Posted by: Mongo003 at December 31, 2008 7:10 PM

It's been a roller coaster ride for the boys and for us true fans of Supernatural. I just wish someone would tell the CW that we can't get enough of SN. These guys are the best -my most favorite night of TV is Thursday and if they take this off the air again, I swear I will do something drastic! I need my Sam and Dean fix!!

-- Posted by: Lois La Torre at March 20, 2009 1:35 PM

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