The CW is sticking behind its world of guilty pleasures. The network has given a full season order to Dynasty.
The 9 episode back-order will bring its episode count to 22 episodes for season one. The live ratings have been soft with the most recent episode hitting a 0.2 in the 18-49 demo but there is more at play here that benefits The CW and its parent studio, CBS. The show is based on a famous title that has wide international appeal and it has a very lucrative Netflix deal in place. If you remember, Riverdale didn’t have strong live ratings during season one but it was pushed on Netflix during the summer and has improved greatly on its numbers for season 2. It is also owned by CBS for the back order was probably a done deal from day one.
On the other hand, Valor, their season one military drama, doesn’t have a lucrative deal like that in place so the series will play out its 13 episode order and a decision will be made at a later date about its fate. The series has similar ratings to Dynasty (0.2 demo range although Monday’s episode increased to a 0.3) but it doesn’t have the same lucrative deal that Dynasty has. The network has stated it will look at its performance when it hits Netflix in early 2018 after its 13 episode order plays out.