It’s official: The Flash’s upcoming ninth season will be its last.
The CW on Monday announced that its Grant Gustin-led DC Comics superhero drama from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti Productions will end with a 13-episode final run. The conclusion of one of the network’s most watched shows will air in 2023 as part of its midseason roster. Production on the final season will begin next month.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race,” executive producer/showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement Monday. “So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this wonderful show to life each week. So, as we get ready to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to say thank you to our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who helped make The Flash such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
Season eight finished its run as one of The CW’s most watched shows of the past 2021-22 broadcast cycle, averaging north of 1 million viewers and ranking among its most streamed series on digital platforms.
With the formal finale set for The Flash, the series joins fellow Warner Bros. TV-produced drama Riverdale as series ending in the 2022-23 season. The conclusion of both shows comes amid The CW’s reduced volume of scripted originals as the younger-skewing network is on the sale block, with station group Nexstar near a deal to buy it from owners Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios.