Logo of CW Now
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original release||September 23, 2007 – February 24, 2008|
CW Now is a news program/news magazine series which premiered on The CW on September 23, 2007. It was a brand extension of the syndicated Telepictures news magazine Extra, and features anchors and correspondents from that show. The program was devoted to topics of interest to young adults (20-30, the audience targeted by the network), including entertainment news and technology topics.
During the upfronts, Dawn Ostroff announced a new marketing strategy for this show using what she calls, "cwickies" (pronounced quickies), which is used in this program to replace the traditional network advertisements. Tanika Ray mentions that CW Now is a 30-minute commercial-free program. Nonetheless, as comedian Lewis Black pointed out on The Daily Show on September 26, 2007, the frequent mention of Wal-Mart shows that it is the program's de facto sponsor.
The show was produced by Telepictures and Warner Horizon Television.
On the January 20, 2008 episode, CW Now received a 0.2/0 in the 18-49 demo. The zero share was a record low for the network. A repeat of Aliens in America (which followed CW Now) received even lower ratings with only a 0.1/0 in the 18-49 demo. Against Super Bowl XLII on NBC on February 3, 2008, the show set the network's all-time ratings nadir, with a 0.1/0 in the 18-49 demo, a 0.3/0 in the households, and only 349,000 viewers.
On February 8, 2008, The CW announced that CW Now would be going on hiatus. However on February 13, 2008, The CW announced that CW Now would be canceled after the February 24, 2008 episode. The show was replaced with encores of America's Next Top Model.
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- "CW Now" Canceled, Hollywood Reporter, February 14, 2008
- Breaking News - The CW Adds "Top Model" Encore, Benches "Now", The Futon Critic, February 8, 2008