The CW Network (most commonly referred to as The CW) is a television network in the United States and the home channel of Riverdale.[1] The CW was also developing a one-hour drama series based on the notable Archie Comics character, Sabrina Spellman, titled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, it has since been picked up by Netflix for a straight-to-series 2-season order.[2] Though the CW channel is the home for Riverdale, Netflix has also advertised the show as an original Netflix series.[3]

The CW was formed as a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc and saw a merger of The WB and UPN. The network made its debut on September 18, 2006.

The CW is America's fifth broadcast network, offering primetime programming aimed mostly at the young-adult audience segment. On top of traditional TV viewership, it offers streaming through the network's website, Hulu and Netflix.


  • The name, "CW", derives from the first letters of the names of its two parent owners (CBS and Warner Bros.)
  • CBS Corporation and WarnerMedia each own 50% of the network.
  • Appointed in 2011, the current president is Mark Pedowitz.
  • "Dare to Defy" is the CW Slogan (2015-present).
  • FOX was initially set to be the home channel for Riverdale, however, when they passed on the opportunity, it was ordered to series by The CW.[4]

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  1. Archie Comics Drama ‘Riverdale’ Moved To CW With Greg Berlanti Producing – Comic Con - Deadline
  2. 'Riverdale' Off-Shoot 'Sabrina' Moves to Netflix With 2-Season Order
  3. Netflix UK Acquires The CW’s ‘Riverdale’, Freeform’s ‘Beyond’ & Polyamorous Comedy ‘You Me Her’
  4. Archie Comics TV Show: Everything We Know About the Riverdale Series (Including a Virgin Suicides Plotline?!) - TVInsider