The CW cancels '90210' after 5 seasons
As was first reported by TVLine, the final episode of the series will air on Monday, May 13. The news is not entirely a surprise and fans can expect a great deal of closure from the soap opera when the end comes.
CW president Mark Pedowitz had nothing but praise when commenting on "90210" coming to an end: "The CW has had five great seasons with America's favorite zip code, 90210," he said in a statement quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. "I'd like to thank the talented cast, producers, and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni."
A reboot of the 1990s classic "Beverly Hills 90210," "90210" has had a passionate but unfortunately small following throughout its five years on The CW. Even for the perennially low-rated network, numbers for "90210" have remained modest throughout the show's fifth season: In its most recent airing on Monday, Feb. 25, the show only had 0.58 million viewers and a 0.3 rating for the 18-49 demographic. Even the struggling freshman series, "The Carrie Diaries" -- which airs right before "90210" on Mondays -- had slightly higher ratings.
With this cancellation, one has to wonder if the direction of The CW is permanently changing. "90210" is the second fifth season show canceled during the 2012-2013 regular season, and it is the closest remaining series in tone to that earlier cancellation, "Gossip Girl." With genre series thriving and fashion-heavy "girl" shows struggling, we may be looking at a whole new CW soon.