Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Breakdown: CW Sunday in 2020-21 (Batwoman, Charmed, Legends of Tomorrow)

It's time for a journey through the CW Sunday schedule in 2020-21...

NOTE: In addition to classic A18-49+, Breakdown posts with 2019-20 ratings also use CVPlus, comparing spring ratings against a higher league average due to viewership inflation from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. See here for more. Also see here for information on the 2020-21 league average.


2020-21PandoraThe Outpost7 (-81%)
7 (-83%)6 (-79%)


The ugliest night of the CW's filler fall was Sunday. Usual summer dramas Pandora and The Outpost (the latter moved here in the late fall after airing some Thursday eps) were regular Blutarsky candidates, putting them down a whooping 80% vs. the big early Batwoman eps.


2020-21BatwomanCharmed17 (-31%)
21 (-17%)13 (-45%)


Batwoman returned to the Sunday 8/7c timeslot in the new year and took the same kind of 15-20% CVPlus decline we've seen in many other CW shows. The real drag on the night was the return of Charmed, back in its original Sunday 9/8c timeslot and looking far weaker than it ever did during its season one run on the night.


2020-21Legends of TomorrowBatwoman15 (-20%)
14 (-31%)16 (-7%)


DC's Legends of Tomorrow didn't return till May, so it and Batwoman's above averages include just a handful of episodes. Legends looked pretty soft and has stayed at the same level into the summer, while Batwoman has actually continued building on Legends with some frequency.

Rating the Ratings

Legends of Tomorrow*

Batwoman: Yet another CDub drama with catastrophic-looking season numbers that were more like the C-/D+ range in the apples-to-apples period (winter). And it actually looked not that bad at 9/8c in the spring and summer, building on average from Legends. Could've been worse considering the change in the lead role, but it still gets the standard Grade: C-.

Legends of Tomorrow: Epic timeslot downgrade for a show that aired post-Flash last season, but this is still much weaker than the show has looked in any previous situation. I thought about going harsher than this, but it didn't come back till May and airing on Sunday is really tough. Grade: D+.

Charmed: Already updated.

The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.

Previous Breakdowns for CW Sunday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for CW Sunday.

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