The new comic book series, Arrow has hit the bulls eye over at the CW. The network has proudly announced that the ratings for their DC Comics flavored venture have been phenomenal. This is a victory for not just the CW, but for comic adaptations as well.
4.02 million viewers tuned in to the season premier of Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.
That’s a pretty impressive number and the news makes Arrow the most watched telecast on the CW of any show, on any night, in three years whole years. In fact, Arrow‘s premier was the most watched of any CW series premiere since the birth of The Vampire Diaries in 2009. Wow, has it been that long? Yes, it has!
If those aren’t enough statistics to get you excited, then take this! Arrow is also now the most watched show in a Wednesday 8PM time slot for the network in more than three years. Viewership for that time slot has doubled since last year.
Supernatural has its cult following, but Arrow, being the friendly super hero series that it is, also gave that CW series a bit of a leg up. Folks who tuned in for Arrow at 8, stuck around for watching Supernatural at 9, and this probably contributed to Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles’s show having it’s most watched episode ever! And those brothers have been fighting evil since 2005.
Suffice it to say, Wednesday of this week, was one big cause for celebration over at CW headquarters.
Arrow even managed to tie NBC’s original comedies in that time slot. That’s no easy feat. Animal Practice and Guys with Kids air on Wednesdays on NBC. I have to say, I’d rather watch Arrow, too, though. No offense, NBC.
From Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, the hard-hitting action series reinvents the DC hero. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and very lethal new set of skills that he uses in a war on crime.
If you missed the pilot, get on board with all the action. You can watch the season premier online!
I raise my glass to the execs over at the CW. It was a risky move to cancel Smallville and then bring in Arrow. You hope Smallville viewers will be faithful to the new hero in town, but you can’t be certain they will. Green Arrow also doesn’t strike me as a hero quite as popular as, say, Batman or Superman. So, I’m glad people are tuning in. I hope the lucky streak continues.
Arrow‘s good news may translate as good news for a Marvel flavored comic book TV series. I’m talking about Joss Whedon’s plans to bring S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen. We’ll see what develops!
By the by, David Nutter directed the Arrow pilot. He has done directing for two of my favorite series of all time; The X-Files and Space: Above and Beyond. He worked on Smallville and Supernatural as well, and more popular series, too many to list really.
While I was scanning the info for coming episodes of Arrow, I also noticed that episode seven, titled “Muse of Fire”, is directed by David Grossman. He’s been behind the camera for episodes of Buffy, Lost, and Dead Like Me.