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!

  • fra

    In the prelimminary it premiered BIG, like I thought!

    A 3.0! It will be over 4 milions without a lead in. I expect a 1.6 for sure… Great result for the CW, without doubts their savior!

  • Robert

    People that enjoyed Arrow should definitely check out Nikita. These 2 shows are very similar when you want a good show with amazing action sequences. They fit so good together that some people call it the new male Nikita

  • Alexis

    Definitely curious to see how Arrow does, but the thing is, premiere ratings won’t tell us much. I imagine it got above 1.0, maybe even 1.5, because of the huge buzz and across-the-board appeal (superheroes, action, hot shirtless guy, CW alum Katie Cassidy, comic book and Smallville fans, etc.), but the real question is the longevity. If it doesn’t maintain TVD-like numbers, Arrow won’t be considered a success. Although, with the current state of the CW, SPN-like numbers would be enough to get renewed.

    In addition, as others have already noted, one show – even if it’s hugely successful – isn’t going to save the CW. With TVD already on Season 4 and Supernatural on its last legs (it won’t go beyond 2016, which is when the CW’s contract with their affiliates ends), they desperately need more hits to survive. And I don’t think Beauty and the Beast, Carrie Diaries or Emily Owens are going to be that.

  • Naif

    News is ARROW did BIG in the premier.
    This was The CW’s best series-opener since The Vampire Diaries.

    I’m happy for the CW.

  • Jason

    The HH Rating of Arrow is 3.0 rating/5 share

  • Kimi

    I predict a 0.8-1.0 for the premiere, but it’ll drop to 0.5-0.6 by January-March.

    Anyway, I’ve got a question. Can The CW really survive with these embarrassing ratings?

  • Tom

    @ Robert Nikita is a crashing bore and has the ratings to prove it. It’s a predictable action exploitation program with a lots of fisticuffs and explosions covering up a tedious storyline. Arrow might actually have something interesting in the way of a plot and the production values seems to be a lot higher than those of most CW shows including Nikita. Time will tell.

  • iMember

    @ Tom What you say about Nikita isn’t true. And while I really loved the Arrow pilot, its plot isn’t exactly fresh or new. A big fan of ABC’s Revenge, Arrow has A LOT of similarities with that show. A skilled and smart character seeking revenge and righting the wrongs against others who are responsible for their foul actions. He’s even got a box of his own secrets and plans of revenge, a little book with names to cross out, and his motivation comes from his father. That’s exactly like Revenge. Although, we’ll see if Arrow can be just as good as Revenge. It’ll be good though.

  • senor chang

    1.1 in the demo, but 1.3 in 18 to 34.

  • Sid

    Arrow had a 1.1 with 3.3 million viewers.

  • Nicole

    I do not like Arrow! did not do a great listen, nothing exceptional. Stephen Amell is ‘an actor without charisma and charm!

  • chaka graham

    the cw ratings are so low they have good shows and they cancel them. oth should have gotten a season 10 and a ll .

  • Alex

    Great show!! The actor is soo hot! :)

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