The saga of The WB is coming to a close.
Supernatural is ending on The CW after 15 seasons, announced today by the shows stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins. Next seasons episode count will consist of 20 episodes.
The CW’s longest-running series, which originated at The WB during that network’s final season, is the longest-running sci-fi/fantasy series in television history, airing 327 episodes by time the series ends next year.
In a joint statement, executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb said to their fans:
“Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We’d like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the sendoff they deserve,” exec producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb said in a joint statement.
Supernatural averages over 2 million viewers a week, which is still more than the majority of The CW’s lineup. With Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ending this season, and Supernatural ending with previously announced Arrow ending next season, The CW will be in the midst of an identity transformation led by Greg Berlanti-produced superhero dramas Black Lightning, Supergirl, The Flash, and his forthcoming Batwoman pilot, and possible Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene.