Remembering The WB 15 years later: ohnotheydidnt – LiveJournal

-It’s been 15 years since TheWB opted out and was merged with UPN for the birth of CW.

-The network was officially launched in 1995 and became the channel for future stars and dominated the teenage genre / young adult for most of its run.

-The Wayans Bros. would be the first primetime program they broadcast followed by programs such as Unhappily Ever After, Jamie Foxx Show, 7th Heaven and The Steve Harvey show.

-In 1997, they started expanding into the teen market with Buffy The Vampire Slayer originally on Monday, when it was a rating hit. To capture that success again, they came out with shows like Dawsons Creek, Felicity and Charmed. Each of them was above each other in viewership when Charmed premiered to a record 7.7 million viewers at the time.

-Angel wanted to see the network’s first big spin-off, which got 7.5 million viewers, the second highest debut after Charmed before Smallville came and premiered to a record high 8.4 million viewers.

-In 2003, viewership figures for all their shows began to drop significantly to the point where UPN beat it and Univision beat it demographically. In 2005, they announced that they would close the store and merge with UPN, which was owned by CBS in an attempt to even out the profits.

-WB was successful in making their viewers feel at home with their shows and the actors as they held annual promotional events where all the stars from all their shows would meet and party along with numerous WB promotions. It could be felt when they made an entire farewell event by airing the pilots from their most famous shows and making a Goodbye promo as opposed to UPN, which just got dark.

-Stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar once threatened to leave BTVS if it moved to UPN, as she enjoyed the family atmosphere she had become accustomed to behind the scenes.

– Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we?

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