A lot of news arose on the subject of the series recently. Therefore, our forecast was ambivalent. In fact, we were mistaken since we doubted that The CW was about to pick up Jane the Virgin for another round. However, our conclusion was definite. We suggest you read these boring data as they reflect how The CW tracks down the statistics before their decision to renew or cancel any series.
First of all, we paid our attention to the fact that the viewing audience of Jane the Virgin was gradually decreasing. The current season premiere has garnered only 0.68 million viewers with a 0.3/1 rating/share (P18-49). On the other hand, Jane the Virgin has never gained more than 1.55 million viewers per episode. Thus, if to compare the viewership of Season 4 with the figures of Season 3, the picture didn't look so gloomy.
Secondly, even given that Jane is no longer a virgin, this event didn't affect the decision of the show's creators to renew Jane the Virgin for the fourth season. Many supposed that the show should end after Jane lost her virginity. Nevertheless, the series is still ongoing. As a result, the decision on renewal was less dependent on the storyline, while other significant indicators, such as a reception by critics and viewers are still valuable.
As for the response, it was excellent. The fourth season of Jane the Virgin has received the universal acclaim with a score of 8.28/10 and a 100% approval rating from critics and 4.1/5/83% among the viewers, respectively. It seems that the response from the target audience was more valuable for The CW than other factors (though this is our subjective opinion).
Finally, the fourth season of Jane the Virgin has undergone a significant structural change. However, as mentioned above, we were concerned that The CW reduced the season to 3-5 episodes compared to its predecessors. In fact, we regarded this decision as a negative factor since it might mean the intention of The CW to cancel the show after its fourth installment. Nonetheless, we hoped that the decision is justified by the aim of The CW to turn the series into a new concept. After all, the original telenovela Juana la Virgen consists of 153 episodes. Thus, there is a lot of source material for another installment.
Summing up, we concluded that Jane the Virgin had a good chance to return for Season 5 on The CW, even despite the fact that the network decided to produce just seventeen episodes for the fourth installment.