September 29, 2016
When Is 'The 100' Season 4 Premiere On The CW? Is January 21, 2017 Right?

With so many CW shows getting confirmed premiere dates, eyes are now on The 100 Season 4. In March 2016, the show was confirmed for another year, but in June, the CW bosses said that it would get a January start like Season 3. When exactly in January will it be? Will Season 4 premiere be on January 21, 2017 like rumors state?

GameNGuide reports that The 100Season 4 will premiere on January 21, 2017. So far, there is no confirmation from the CW that this is the definite date. It is unlikely that the CW will announce the set dates for the midseason schedule until around November or December of this year. Other sites have correctly stated that there isn't a confirmed date as of yet.

But where does the January 21 date come from? This is based on the date The 100 Season 3 premiered on the network. It is a good indication of the week that the show will premiere for the newest season, but not a date set in stone.

In fact, January 21, 2017 is extremely unlikely. It is a Saturday, and the CW never airs its primetime scripted shows on this day of the week. It would be a definite sign that the network has no expectations for the program. The 100 has either aired on a Wednesday or a Thursday night, suggesting that it is a strong show for the midseason slot. There wouldn't be a reason at this time to downgrade it to a Saturday night slot.

A better theory would be that The 100 Season 4 will premiere on January 18/19, 2017 or January 25/26, 2017. These are both Wednesdays and Thursdays and around the same timing for midseason January shows in 2016.

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There were some shocks that The 100 was renewed for a fourth season. While the show has never been the strongest on the network, it was the middle of controversy last season. After hyping up the relationship between Clarke and Lexa, the show decided to kill Lexa with a stray bullet. It was very reminiscent of Tara's death in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was taken just as harshly. The LGBT community was angry that The 100 fit into the "Bury Your Gays" trope on TV.

While Lexa returned for the Season 3 finale, fans were still not happy. The show made it worse by killing another minority character, Lincoln, just an episode later. Other shows around the same time furthered the LGBT anger by killing off lesbian characters, including The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries.

Some people have vowed never to watch the show again. However, it seems that the CW believes that there is still a strong enough base to keep it going for at least another year. Could this be the last for the dystopian future-set show?

Viewing figures certainly dropped for Season 3 to less than two million on average. While this isn't as low as the likes of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, it is still a worry for The 100. If the figures drop even lower, the network could decide to pull the plug and look for new shows to add to its lineup.

Heavy suggests that The 100 Season 4 will still have 16 episodes. While Season 1 only had 13 (it premiered in March 2014), Season 2 was given a 16-episode order. Season 2 was given an October start, but the show was moved to the January slot for Season 3. Despite this, Season 3 did still get 16 episodes, so it is a good sign for Season 4.

While there isn't a confirmed date yet, January 21, 2017, is a rough idea of when The 100 Season 4 will premiere on the CW network.

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