The CW seems to be loving the new “Riverdale” ratings, the freshman series was given an early renewal by the network earlier this week. The popular series will return in the 2017-18 season, the renewal confirmation was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.
On a competitive Thursday night, “Riverdale” posts terrific ratings gains on a delayed viewing basis, particularly with young audiences. The show grew 78% in adults 18-34 and 85% in women 18-34 in Live+7 day ratings over Live+Same Day. In the few weeks since its premiere, the new drama has quickly become one of The CW’s most streamed shows on the network’s digital platforms, including The CW app and CWTV.com.
If you’re new to series, you might recognize the name without ever watching an episode. The show itself is based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics. “Riverdale” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).
The show picks up as the town of Riverdale is still morning the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. The role of Archie Andrews is played by KJ Apa, who is in a forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (played by Sarah Habel). Fans of the comics probably remember Josie McCoy (played by Ashleigh Murray) who is the lead singer of the Pussycats. The role of Jughead Jones is played by Cole Sprouse, and Betty Cooper is played by Lili Reinhart. Betty’s mother Alice is played by Mädchen Amick and the role of Veronica Lodge is played by Camila Mende. Veronica’s mother Hermione is played by Marisol Nichols, and that leaves Cheryl Blossom, the most popular girl in school, played by Madelaine Petsch.