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!

  • Hethler De Chavez

    Smallville’s last season premiered and ended with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, which is huge by today’s standards).

    ^ You mean by CW’s standard?
    Well, I’m not good with predictions but what I’m sure is CW will finished at #5…… behind UNI. God have mercy!

    I missed the “WB days” :(

  • Junior G.

    1.2 is my estimate, and although that’s high, the geeks will at least have to watch the premiere before they blow it off.

  • John A


  • Oliver


    Arrow is the only CW show I would be remotely interested in watching. The CW have also put it in probably the best possible timeslot, since 8pm Wednesday is probably the weakest timeslot on the major networks plus it’s counter-programming everything else.

    It also has cross-demographic appeal: it appeals to both men, due to the superhero angle, and women, due to the whole half-naked CW-pretty men thing. Archery is also hot this year and a Batman rip-off is, frankly, overdue. The fact it’s based on the Green Arrow should also bring in comic book nerds (and I don’t mean that in a disparaging way as it’s a very useful, and vocal, demographic to appeal to).

    The public do seem open to the concept of a superhero show. Superhero movies are obviously huge. Smallville did well (by CW standards) for years, The Cape premiered fine (despite being a mess), and Heroes first season did well (until it flamed out because it was horrible creatively).

    Its biggest problems is that it’s on The CW and nobody watches The CW, it’s relying on CW promotion (although I’ve seen ads!), and it has to operate on a CW budget.

    As such, who the hell knows? I’ll optimistically bet 1.0+. If the show turns out to be genuinely good then I can see it gaining steam as it goes along through word-of-mouth.

  • layla

    Its here!!!! i CANT WAITTTTT!! 1.0 for sure if it drops after tonight it will be a bummer. ripsmallville<3uforever!

  • Mark

    Arrow – 2.1
    Supernatural – 1.0

    The Middle – 2.7
    The Neighbors – 2.0
    Modern Family – 5.5
    Modern Family – 5.7
    Nashville – 3.4

  • Percysowner

    I went with >1 dare to dream. Even if I am right, this is along way from saving the network. One of the reasons The Voice is saving NBC is because it can run new episodes on two nights. That gives it the ability to anchor 2 nights and use its ratings to help the shows that follow it.
    Since NBC still runs programming until 10 this means TV has the potential to help the 10:00 slot on Monday and the D9:00-!0:00 slot on Tuesday AND if thos shows get a boost, it has the potential to carry over to the 10:00 slot on Tuesday. Arrow can only run on Wednesday and the CW does not air 10:00 shows. Right now if Arrow is a hit, it will help stabilize Wednesday. If TVD stays solid and Beauty and the Beast can be solid that will give the CW a chance to not worry about those nights and to start working on the rest of the week. The CW is so low that it will take a lot to turn it around.

    Frankly, I think Kristin Kruek is a mixed blessing for BATB. She is a known quantity, but a good number of people who watched Smallville think the known quantity is bad actress. Right now I see BATB as a tossup to succeed, but it could be a big success. KK is the reason I’m not giving it a chance, but I never watched TAAHM on CBS and that has didn’t hurt them one little bit.

  • Jared

    As much as I would love for ARROW to premiere HUGE..I find it highly unlikely. Sure the series has had a lot of critical praise but the CW has such a bad reputation. For as much promotion ARROW has received I would say if it doesn’t premiere to at least 3-5 Million viewers and close to a 1.5-2.0 rating I would call it a flop. To me there’s no reason why viewers..if interested..shouldn’t show up tonight but I have a feeling tomorrow when ratings come out it won’t be the success story the CW was looking for.

    On a brighter note..ARROW will still be the biggest premiere for a new series on the CW this season.

  • CrimTV

    Really really hope lots of 18-49 peeps watch it, pleaaaasse! I voted above a 1.0, and i’m hoping i’m right! Just because the other shows are doing badly doesn’t mean this can’t, I mean Ringer premiered at a 1.2 and The Secret Circle at a 1.3! Wish the feud with Cablevision would just end!

  • John K.

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

    The Voice?”

    You can’t be serious? The Voice airs 3 hours a week, and acts as a lead-in for two shows directly, and another 2 indirectly (TNN & Parenthood). Arrow is a 1 hour show, and acts as a lead-in for only 1 (might I add already established) show. Trying to play Bingo yourself here, aren’t you.

  • CrystalBall

    I’m not sure the CW is trying to change its audience. When I looked what kind of script they have for next season pick ups, many of them are about annonying teenagers …

    I hope Arrow does well, if so maybe the CW will try to have more male appealing show.

  • gerry

    it should premiere in the 1.0 range. i doubt it will hold the numbers, but honestly, if it can become stable around the 1.0 mark, it will be a hit by cw standards. they need a performer other than tvd at this point to stay afloat, i think. -g

  • CrimTV

    Really want to see “Arrow premieres big” in the title for tomorrow’s ratings!

  • gerry

    @ john k

    cw also has 1/3 (at least) less programming per week.

  • getmilk

    The CW should maybe pick up Saving Hope…. I can see it being well received by The CW usual viewers due to two actors from the show had been on other CW shows before.

  • The End

    Went for 0.8-0.9. Mostly because this is the only new CW show that doesn’t sound like it will be an utter failure. That and people like this kind of show.

  • Jon23812

    I predict 1.1 – 1.5.

  • Jon23812

    My final guess is 1.3

  • s0303

    i’m guessing a 0.9…no way it’s getting much higher than a 1.1…0.9 still makes it the second highest rated show on the cw…and yeah, smallville got a 1.3 in its final season, not sure it would be this high though if it were still on the air considering the cw these days…

  • still good shows on tv


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