The CW Announces Its Fall 2013 Premiere Dates, Holds Everything Until October (Again)

By Tim Surette

Jun 24, 2013

It kinda sorta worked last year, so why not do it again? The CW has announced its premiere dates for the 2013 fall season, and for the second straight year in a row, the network is holding its shows until October. The later start gives The CW a chance to let the major networks fight among themselves. CBS and NBC have already announced their premiere dates, which take up most of the traditional late-September model. A delayed debut also means fewer repeats later in the season, something the network's younger, ADD-afflicted demographic HATES. 

The CW is also strategically staggering its premieres for maximum TV NOW-age. The Vampire Diaries-spinoff The Originals (as well as Supernatural's ninth season) will start a week later than most of The CW's other fare—on Tuesday, October 15—in order to get a boost from its maker; the network probably figures a little extra promo during TVD's premiere (on Thursday, October 10) will help launch The Originals. And The Carrie Diaries and America's Next Top Model will kick off their Friday-night pairing even later, on October 25, because who knows why? I welcome all your theories in the comments section. My guess? The Carries Diaries is only getting 13 episodes, and the network would like to run 'em with limited repeats, plan some sort of "midseason finale" episode, and finish the season in early 2014 to give the final season of Nikita a boost.

The CW's 2013-2014 Fall Premiere Dates:
(New shows in bold and ALL CAPS)


8-9pm Hart of Dixie (Season 3 premiere)

9-10pm Beauty and the Beast (Season 2 premiere)


8-9pm – Arrow (Season 2 premiere)

9-10pm – THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (Series premiere)


8-9pm – The Vampire Diaries (Season 5 premiere)

9-10pm – REIGN (Series premiere)


8-9pm – THE ORIGINALS (Series premiere)

9-10pm – Supernatural (Season 9 premiere)


8-9pm – The Carrie Diaries (Season 2 Premiere)

9-10pm – America's Next Top Model: Guys and Girls (Cycle 20 premiere)

Saved for midseason: THE 100STAR-CROSSEDNikita, and FAMOUS IN 12.

Fall premiere dates by network: ABCNBC | CBS | FoxThe CW

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  • taytaylor775 Jan 01, 2014

    By the way anyone who doesn't know, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals aren't airing at the same time. TO is Tuesdays @8, and TVD is Thursdays @8.
    I also stopped watching all my shows on the CW when they come on (except the Originals because I don't want that to get cancelled) so they won't get my rating & maybe they'll bring back TSC. I wouldn't even care if TVD got cancelled because Season 5 has sucked so bad.

  • taytaylor775 Jan 01, 2014

    PLEASE I NEES THE SECRET CIRCLE!! I ended up watching it on Netflix and then found out it was CANCELLED!! I can't tell you how many people I know that's happened to!! The CW hardly advertised it when it was on! And not to mention THE WAY IT LEFT OFF!! I wanna see the Blackwell circle / witches! I'm dying to know what happened with Adam and the black skull! PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!

  • aliciaboronkas Sep 26, 2013

    Bring back TSC!!! I'm not going to voice the shows I'm excited about coz they will prob cancel them too

  • DavidKnowles0 Sep 18, 2013

    I think the fact they only need to watch an episode once to get the story shows that CW demographics as having a high attention spans.

  • SarahFloyd Sep 06, 2013

    Supernatural, Arrow, The Tomorrow People, waiting on The 100 & Star-Crossed.

  • smbronde Aug 25, 2013

    Hart of Dixie, TVD, Supernatural <3
    Looking forward to The Tomorrow People & The Originals!

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  • ForeverUnknown Jul 29, 2013

    im not going to see my prescious supernatural until October... *cries*


  • TTOV Jul 20, 2013

    Arrow, Supernatural, TVD, and The Originals for me.

  • daneilafoster Jun 29, 2013

    cant wait for all of them lots of catching up to do over the summer

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