'Arrow' Scores the CW's Highest Ratings in Three Years
'Arrow' Scores the CW's Highest Ratings in Three Years
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The other day I wrote about how the CW is a dying network, pulling in pathetic ratings. Well, it turns out all the network needed was a superhero named Green Arrow to save it.

Wednesday night marked the series premiered of the new drama Arrow, and it was watched by more than 4 million viewers. That's a huge leap from the premieres of 90210 and Gossip Girl on Monday, which each had less than 1 million. The Arrow series premiere is actually the most-watched CW show in almost three years.

How good were Arrow's numbers? Well, it actually beat a new episode of Animal Practice on NBC in the same time slot. Having a show on the CW beat another major network in a time slot is a very rare occurrence.

The goods news also helped out the CW at 9pm with Supernatural. Now in season 8, the show earned 2.6 million viewers, up 750,000 from the season premiere last week. It was the highest-rated episode of Supernatural in almost two years.

Arrow is exactly what the CW needed, a big, successful show to hang its hat on to validate its existence. Hopefully the ratings won't plummet too much in the second week, but for now, it's safe to assume this will be the CW's new marquee show, taking over the position previously held by Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.

Superheroes are hot right now, and the CW got in at just the right time with the right show.

Other Ratings News

Arrow wasn't the only big premiere Wednesday night. At 10pm, ABC launched Nashville while NBC debuted Chicago Fire. And the country singers beat the firefighters.

Nashville had a somewhat soft premiere with just under 9 million viewers. By comparison, Revenge had over 10 million viewers when it premiered in the same time slot last year. It also lost to aging procedural CSI.

Chicago Fire brought in 6.4 million viewers, which isn't great, but it was the network's highest-rated program of the night, beating its lead-in, Law and Order: SVU.

The numbers are interesting for all three Wednesday premieres, but the real test is the second episode. Will Arrow be able to maintain such a high performance? Will Nashville catch on? Will Chicago Fire fade away?

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