Can an 'Arrow' Save the CW? (Poll)

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October 10th, 2012

Updated: It looks like the dreamers were right! Arrow earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating (original posted as a 1.1, apologies!) for its debut episode, which is downright amazing by today's CW standards (but still not up to that lofty Smallville level!)

Many commenters have been looking at The CW's disappointing premiere numbers, and saying something akin to "But Arrow is premiering Wednesday! It's going to be huge! Don't count the CW out yet!" Could they be on to something?

Arrow has been the recipient of some fairly positive buzz from early screenings which may pique the interest from the genre crowd. Superheroes are also very popular at the moment (at least at the box office), and The CW has had success in the past with the DC Universe (Smallville's last season premiered and ended with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, which is huge by today's standards).

So can an Arrow turn the CW ship around? Let us know how you think the show will premiere tonight, tell us why in the comments!

  • Dillan

    I’m expecting at least a 1.0. The show has been getting huge buzz.

  • johncarter

    it could premiere well, but ratings will drop

  • Alan

    I think the ratings will be very similar to TVD’s premiere back in 2009 but I can see it dropping until it stabilizes at 0.5 – 0.7. Maybe in viewers, it will get a little more than 3 million. That’s my guess.

  • Travis

    It hasn’t gotten a lot of promotion outside the CW itself, so I don’t really see it getting much higher than a 0.5. Hope I’m proven wrong.

  • KS

    I am expecting a 0.9 – 1.0 and will be at 0.6 – 0.7 at the end of the season.

  • johncarter

    the only way to save the CW is to order a spinoff of Fringe of course

  • KS

    Why not give the number of Voters in these polls, so that we can get a clearer picture?

  • KS


    I am definitely not watching Fringe without Walter. Will the spin-off include him?

  • lana

    2.0 yeah I am crazy, but i believe the show can do it

  • EatMorePez

    I think it will get a 0.7, but then I have two voting options?

  • HB


  • John_M

    Well, as to the inflammatory question asked in the title, no, it can’t save the CW, one show can’t save a floundering network.

    Can it get good ratings in its premiere? I’m sure it can, maybe the highest the CW has seen all season, but history indicates whatever it gets, it won’t maintain, an even if it’s the CW’s highest rated show, the rest of its ‘hits’ seem to be floundering.

    Maybe the CW should try the ppv method.

  • John_M

    I think it will get a 0.7, but then I have two voting options?

    As they stated earlier today, fractions are hard, they just wanted to prove it.

  • Bill Gorman

    “one show can’t save a floundering network.”

    The Voice?

  • Jason50

    Nope… It will take more than Arrow to save the CW. It would take going in a whole new direction for the network to maybe see a change in things. As is the new pilots this year seem to be the same type of thing they normally put out. Arrow is probably the best of the bunch which isn’t saying much. I’ll still stick to my 1.0-1.2 rating for the premire but after seeing the drop in HOD, this show could crash quickly too. I enjoy genre shows so I’ll stick with it but not sure if it will be the type of show the gereral audience would continue watching.

  • john

    I’ll 1.0 at the lowest, and a 1.5 at the highest. It may even beat the vampire diaries premiere.

  • Michael

    Arrow is going to premiere HUGE, but we have to ask ourselves, will it have longevity? Smallville, Supernatural and Vampire Diaries, are examples of success longevity on the CW.

  • Max

    How much longer can the CW last with numbers it’s been getting? I know it’s not available in all markets, but under a million viewers is sad.

  • ROB

    will check out the show tonight this will be the first show in a long time that I watch on The CW, so hope its good!!!!!!!

  • Michael

    It takes a lot more than huge premiere numbers, to be considered a successful show. It has to remain steady for the entire season.

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