With just three seasons under its belt, “Batwoman” has been canceled by The CW. Reportedly, this marks the first time in at least 12 seasons that a CW series has had its run cut short after thee years on the air. The last series to do so was the first iteration of “The Game.”
Showrunner Caroline Dries made the announcement on Twitter earlier today, tweeting, “I am bummed, but full of gratitude.”
With Live+7 figures factored in, “Batwoman” was averaging just over 750,000 viewers per episode and was doing a mere 0.2 rating in Adults 18-49, the key sales demos used to set ad rates for primetime television. Overall, the show was down 20% from its second season in Total Viewers and ranked 13th out of the 19 dramas aired on the network this season.
“Just got the sad news that #Batwoman will not be seeing an S4. I am bummed, but full of gratitude. What an honor to make 51 episodes. So many inspiring, brilliant people contributed to this series. Thank you producers, cast and crew. Thank you, fans! We love you,” read Dries’ full message.
Season three of “Batwoman” followed Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) as she sheds her parole for the Batsuit and her van for the Batcave to carry out the legacy of Batwoman and protect Gotham’s underserved communities. Her journey continues as she and the Bat Team focus on finding Batman’s scattered trophies, a collection of objects seized from Gotham’s most infamous villains before they land in pernicious hands. Meanwhile, Ryan personally struggles with the bombshell dropped by Alice (Rachel Skarsten) – that her birth mother is still alive. Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, Victoria Cartagena, Robin Givens, and Nick Creegan also starred.
Series star Javicia Leslie commented on the show’s cancellation on social media, saying, “The Most High never ceases to amaze me! I was taught that words have power and we speak our life into existence. Well, I spoke this role into my life, and what an honor it has been to watch it play out exactly how it was meant. Family, this Bat Team is ours. HERstory was made and it can never be taken.”
Read her full post below.