Updated: 'Nashville' 'Premieres OK; 'Chicago Fire' Doesn't Burn Hot; "Arrow" Premieres Well...for the CW

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October 11th, 2012

Pre-season critical darling Nashville bowed to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating and NBCs Chicago Fire drew a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in its premiere.  Arrow's premiere on the CW drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The full ratings post is now up here.

  • Justin121


    OK for Chicago Fire

    GOOD for ARROW

    * for each network’s standars, that is…

  • jaz

    [Just remember that Ringer premiered with similar numbers to Arrow but dropped to a .4 in the demo by the end of its first season.]

    except that ringer had nothing going for it besides a fan service buffy actor, Arrow has loads going for it, its has a purpose. Ratings will only go up with more Dc comics guest stars

  • Tabitha

    I enjoyed Arrow. :)

  • Eridapo

    Arrow got the Smallville audience to tune in to the CW once again…

  • CA

    @Fernando — you do realize that Revenge is on Sundays now, right? So I don’t understand your comment. I’d say there is more then enough room on ABC’s schedule to have multiple success for their drama shows.

  • SPM

    How long before Arrow falls to 0.7 or less though?

  • David

    Why should Arrow fans relax? We don’t have nielson boxes and can’t control the ratings no matter how we feel so we might as well celebrate when it is doing good because caution doesn’t make the ratings steady.

  • nick

    i think this is kinda good news for all 3 shows… Great retention from 10pm-11pm by Chicago Fire…I heard>

  • Dan

    Ringer didn’t have a purpose? Umm I think a lot of people would disagree with that. Arrow looks good and I can’t wait to watch it, but just because it has a strong following DOES NOT mean that the ratings will stay where it debuted. And you think the ratings will go up IF they introduce DC comic guest stars? Highly doubtful!!!

  • Dude

    YES! for Arrow. 1.3 isn’t amazing but it’s great for the CW.

  • omabin

    Also, Chicago Fire hold the entire SVU audience throghout its entire hour. It had a 100% retention on the half hours and from its lead in. That’s hardly a DOA show on the NBC aka drama starved network. It’s a bubble show.

  • Honey Badger

    @ adanskiiiii “I expected Nashville to premiere to a 3.5 considering it had Modern Family as a lead in.”
    I agree, I am shocked Nashville only pulled a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Especially after ABC used an hour of Modern Family as a lead in, (one of the highest rated shows on television), and heavy promotion.
    ” btw Nashville half hours were 3.0 and 2.5.” What a huge drop. Shows that a lot of people that tuned in due to the Modern Family as the lead in, and did not like Nashville. ABC is in trouble with this show already. Next week Nashville the lead in will be Suburgatory, not good.
    @ jt “I don’t have high expectations for Nashville. The premise is it should have been a mini-series. Too ‘country and women oriented’ drama. Doesn’t have a broader appeal.”
    I agree, Nashville seems to be targeted to a very specific demographic. It is a same old formula soap opera (we have seen this type of storyline numerous times), made to attract the older women demographic. Also it is further limited by its attempt to make it appeal to older country music fans. In fact the storylines are straight out of old country music songs: my spouse is cheating, betrayal, my boss is mean, etc… songs: Stand By Your Man, Take This Job And Shove It, etc

    I am predicting Nashville ratings will drop big time and keep dropping all season, not good for ABC.
    I am predicting Arrow ratings will keep going up, great for CW
    What does everyone else think?

  • John A

    Let people be excited for Arrow. Too much doom and gloom here lol

  • gerry

    was hoping nashville would hit a 3 but i’ll take this. hooray for arrow! if they can both maintain the bulk of their audience (they both should, they were both great) then they will be fine. i see a bigger drop in the future of chicago fire than the others.

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  • Serial Rocker


    “I watch half of it last night.. well i tryed to at least. and i shut it off within the first 10 minutes. The acting is horrific, the writing is bad. The whole episode was dry..”

    So… you watched “half” of the episode yet turned it off within ten minutes? And yet you still feel qualified to comment on the “whole” episode?

    Clearly an opinion that should be listened to there everyone!

  • Katie

    Ringer was a soap were as Arrow is like you said a comic book inspired show so yes the ratings may improve with guest stars honestly I wish they had chosen a superhero that has powers that was part of the fun with Smallville. I wonder how Beauty and the Beast will do tonight? I actually liked The Secret Cirlce and I think one of its downfalls was a long hiatus.

  • iMember

    @DAN Just so you know, they WILL be introducing other DC Comic Guest Stars. Next week’s episode will already be introducing one of DC’s character villains, and they have A LOT more coming.

    One thing, Arrow is VERY similar to ABC’s REVENGE.

  • Steve-A

    @John A. Exactly. So much hating on this site and for what? Let Arrow fans have their victory. I don’t understand why they shouldn’t get excited

  • hammard

    @KS The thing is that the CW started really early last year. Ringer’s ratings started to drop heavily as soon as the other networks stopped airing repeats. This year the shows are already airing against standard competition which may give a slightly more realistic impression (though obviously a sophomore slump of some kind will happen).

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