New episodes for The CW’s Charmed, All American, Legacies: How many episodes for each?

Charmed -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Charmed -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

The CW has ordered new episodes for all three of its freshman dramas. Which one out of Charmed, All American, and Legacies has landed the full 22 episodes and which two are getting a 16-episode first season?

The CW has made an official decision on all three of its freshman shows. CharmedAll American, and Legacies have each had new episodes ordered. Just how many? Which one has landed the full 22-episode first season?

It’s not surprising to write that Charmed is the one to gain a 22-episode season. It started off as the strongest. While the show has shown large dips each week in the total number of viewers (dropping about 15% each week), the demo is showing signs of steading at around the 0.33-0.34 mark. With the + 7 day DVR ratings, the show is performing well at 1.25 million total and a 0.4 rating in the demo, according to TVLine.

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The CW clearly has hope for the series as it continues. While it initially came under a lot of criticism and some of the die-hard fans of Classic Charmed continue to give negative reviews, it’s been a positive addition for the younger (and newer) generation. Plus, it’s fun and it’s one of the more adult shows on the Millennial network.

Getting the full season order is a good sign for a second season of the series. However, news of that likely won’t come until January-April, 2019.

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Meanwhile, All American and Legacies have had their first seasons increased to 16 episodes. Anywhere between 16 and 24 episodes tends to be classed as a full season now, so this isn’t necessarily anything to worry about when looking at a second season. It’s clearly a sign that The CW sees promise but isn’t certain about the two shows just yet.

All American started off with low ratings but has jumped by almost 50% in the demo with Live + Same Day ratings, according to TV Series Finale. There have only been four episodes so far, but this is looking good for the freshman high school series.

As for Legacies, that opened well and has also seen a spike after two episodes. This spike makes The Originals spin-off the highest rated freshman in terms of Live + Same Day ratings, according to ratings from TV Series Finale. However, it sits eighth out of all the CW shows when an average is taken. The CW will be more cautious about Legacies because only two episodes have aired so far.

Legacies –Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Legacies –Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Ordering extra episodes for All American and Legacies is a good strategy. They keep the writers busy while the network decides if more episodes should come after that. This could also be to help determine if the two shows will work better as midseason lineups for next year should they get a second season each, as most midseason shows run for 13-16 episodes.

In short, it’s excellent news for all three freshman fall dramas. It’s been a long time since The CW has ordered extra episodes for all its freshman shows.

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Charmed airs Sundays at 9/8c, All American airs Wednesdays at 9/8c, and Legacies airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.