10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
CW's 'Beauty and the Beast' to End With Season 4
It's the end of the line for The CW's Beauty and the Beast.
The network on Tuesday announced that the upcoming fourth season of the remake starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan will be its last.
From CBS Television Studios, the drama is loosely based on the 1980s CBS series of the same name. It launched during the 2012-13 broadcast season and aired in the fall until its third season, when it was moved to the summer as part of the network's bid to increase original scripted fare during the little-watched period.
The series, under showrunner Brad Kern — who joined in season two — was handed an early season four renewal four months ahead of its third-season debut.
Never much of a ratings performer — season one averaged 1.61 million total viewers during its 22-episode run — season three, its first 13-episode order, averaged 879,000 total viewers.
A premiere date for season four has not yet been announced, but it is expected to premiere in 2016 — either midseason or again in the summer.
"I truly like it as a summer series," CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters at TCA in August. "It gives us original programming. One of our stated goals for the network was to have year-round programming. We’re doing more and more of this, and having Beauty and the Beast gives us some scripted programming for summer. We are developing other things at this point for next summer. So I plan to keep it there."
The news comes as The CW has little real estate on its schedule. The network renewed nearly all of its originals (save for the final season of Hart of Dixie and canceled Messengers) and picked up only three new series for 2015-16, with only one (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) debuting in the fall. That leaves Arrow/Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow and Julie Plec's Containment still to be scheduled.