Why Has 'Dynasty' Been Canceled By The CW?

In 2017, the much-loved 1980s soap opera Dynasty was revived and returned to the small screen via The CW. The reboot of Dynasty also found an international fanbase via Netflix but sadly, the long-running show is coming to an end with Season 5.

On May 12, 2022, The CW announced it was canceling seven shows, with Dynasty unfortunately being one of them. Joining Dynasty in the mass cancellation spree is Roswell New Mexico, Charmed, Legacies, 4400, In the Dark and Naomi. They join the already canceled shows, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow.

So, why has Dynasty been canceled by The CW? Newsweek has everything you need to know.

Why Has Dynasty Been Canceled By The CW?

It's official, Dynasty has been canceled by The CW. At the moment, an exact reason for the cancelation has not been given by the network but according to reports, Dynasty's unfortunate fate is most likely down to declining ratings.

Per Deadline, Dynasty was the "victim of disappointing ratings" and its previous renewals had been "motivated by the money the series generates for CBS Studios through the show's Netflix deal."

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Dynasty on The CW is coming to an end after 5 seasons. The CW

Dynasty was rebooted by Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who teamed up with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original series' creators, husband-and-wife duo Esther Shapiro and Richard Shapiro.

The reboot followed the Carringtons and the Colbys, two of America's most famous families as they fight to protect their social standing, their fortune, and their children's futures.

The reboot featured an iconic cast including Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington, Daniella Alonso as Cristal Carrington, Elaine Hendrix as Alexis Carrington Colby, Rafael de la Fuente as Sammy Jo Jones, Sam Underwood as Adam Carrington, and Michael Michele as Dominique Deveraux, to name a few.

The original series aired from 1981 to 1989, starring John Forsythe as oil magnate Blake Carrington, Linda Evans as his new wife Krystle, and later Joan Collins as his former wife Alexis.

After the news of the cancelation broke, star Elizabeth Gillies tweeted: "SO PROUD OF MY BEAUTIFUL DYNASTY FAMILY!!"

Michael Michele, who plays Dominique in the series, posted a tribute to Dynasty's cast and crew on her Instagram page, writing: "It was a Hell of a FUN ride!"
She wrote: "Well, THATS A FINAL ON 5 Seasons of DYNASTY!
In this pic, three of our Executive Producers, @tvfife, Josh Reims, and Pascal Verschooris. It was a Hell of a FUN ride!

Thanks to all the fans, cast & crew whom kept it alive and going for five, full-seasons!

Dominique Deveraux was a BLAST to portray!


Onward & Upward."

Unfortunately, Dynasty will not be returning for Season 6 and will end with its current season.

The good news is, there is still a while to go before Dynasty Season 5 comes to an end.

The midseason finale is taking place on Friday, June 3, marking the reboot's 100th episode.

At the moment, when Dynasty Season 5 will return has not yet been confirmed by The CW, but when it returns there will be eight episodes for fans to get their teeth into.

Seasons of Dynasty air on Netflix after its run on The CW, but whether Netflix will step in to save the show, remains unknown...for now.

Dynasty Season 5 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on The CW.