Here's why there isn't a new episode of Riverdale this week

Daniella Scott
·2-min read
Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

From Cosmopolitan

We were just getting back into the swing of things with Riverdale, with the fifth season airing weekly over on Netflix right now, but fans were disappointed to discover that there won't be a new instalment this this week. So, when will episode 7 actually air? And, while we're on the topic, how many episodes will there actually be in series 5? (fingers crossed for absolutely hundreds).

First things first, pretty much everything about the structure of series five can be understood as a result of the coronavirus pandemic affecting schedules. Season 4 was forced to end prematurely in Spring 2020 and season five was also delayed, only just landing on Netflix in January of this year. As a result the fifth season began with the prom episode that was missing from the previous series before jumping seven years into the future.

While no official reason has been given for why there is no episode this week, the fact that series five began a few months later than it normally would offers us a possible explanation. It's pretty common for shows that run over several months to have mid-series breaks (Glee and The Walking Dead have always had them), and typically Riverdale would start in the Autumn and have their hiatus over Christmas when viewing figures are generally down.

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

Since the show is airing later this year, this might be why mid-season hiatus is coming later too, so that the show avoids periods with the lowest viewing figures - (these are highest in February, May, July and November). Maybe we don't notice normally because we're too busy eating mince pies and watching Home Alone?

The good news is that we don't have to wait too long for the next episode of Riverdale to arrive on Netflix. Series 5 episode 7 will air on Thursday 11th March. And in even better news season five will feature 19 whole episodes, the same number as season 4, so we've got a far way to go yet.

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If all that wasn't enough we've now officially got season 6 to look forward to as well. Dreams can come true, then?

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