'Arrow' Still A Straight Shooter for the CW

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November 8th, 2012

updated based on Wednesday's final numbers.

via press release:


ARROW Posts Most Watched Episode Since Its Series Premiere;  

Matches Season High in Adults 18-34 and 18-49

SUPERNATURAL Also Matches Season High in Adults 18-49;

Scores Second Most Watched Telecast of the Season

November 8, 2012 (Burbank, CA) – ARROW keeps on hitting the bull’s-eye for The CW.  Last night was ARROW’s most watched (3.75M) episode since the series premiere on October 10, and matched its season best among adults 18-49 (1.3/4) and adults 18-34 (1.1/3) according to national Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.   ARROW also matched its second best performance in women 18-34 (1.1/3).

Week-to-week, ARROW was up across the board in all key demos: up 23% in total viewers, up 30% in adults 18-49, up 57% in adults 18-34, and up 38% in women 18-34.

Paired with ARROW on The CW’s dramatically improved Wednesday night, SUPERNATURAL climbed to match its season high in adults 18-49 (1.0/2) and its second most watched episode (2.3M) of the season.  SUPERNATURAL was just shy of its season high in adults 18-34 (0.9/3).

SUPERNATURAL saw big gains over last week, up 30% in total viewers, 29% in adults 18-34 and 25% in adults 18-49.

Both ARROW and SUPERNATURAL continue to see dramatic increases over its Live+SD ratings once additional DVR data is factored in.  On average with Live+7 day ratings, ARROW posts a 25% increase in total viewers over its overnight Live+SD ratings, and typically jumps 33% in adults 18-34 and 30% in adults 18-49.  SUPERNATURAL also sees sizable gains with its Live+7 performance, improving 41% in total viewers above its Live+SD overnights, 46% in adults 18-34 and 52% in adults 18-49.

  • Shepherd

    sorry Christian, I hate comics, and 90% of shows based on them, have never watched another show on CW and I’m still enjoying Arrow.

  • BrigittaV

    I’m with Shepherd. Except I don’t hate shows based on comic books — I loathe them! Yet I find Arrow interesting; well-written, well-acted, shrewdly cast, and good production values. Good enough so that I can even overlook the “invincible against a hail of bullets” thing.

  • Serial Rocker

    Well personally I love comics. Not so much a fan of television shows based on them though. They usually take everything that doesn’t work from the comic page, make it ten times more camp, and throw out what made the comic story good in the first place. The Walking Dead being the very obvious exception.

    The jury is still out on Arrow. Not a DC comics fan so that doesn’t work in its favour. Not a terrible show though so giving it half a season to impress.

    But thanks for that awfully pompous and inaccurate assumption that the show could only attract comic fanboys, Christian. Didn’t make you appear ignorant at all. Not everyone who reads and enjoys comics is a fanboy, just so you know.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Arrow is reasonably well done. It’s no Emmy winner, but it’s head and shoulders above The Cape. The lead actor is a bit wooden – or maybe it’s just his physique that makes him appear so, since he marches around a lot like a football jock :-) – but he still works OK, especially when he’s in costume. The action sequences are well done. The fight between Queen and Deathstroke was pretty good this week.

    The only thing they need to do is watch out that the hood starts looking stupid in terms of being an effective disguise.

    Frankly, I hope they kill Thea off – she’s boring, even if hot. They’ve got plenty of hot women on the show, they don’t need her – and bumping her off would increase Queen’s motivation – not that he seems to need it. If ever we needed Joss Whedon around to kill off someone, Thea is it. :-)

    And I’m wondering when Dinah Laurel Lance finally gets to become Black Canary. We saw a preview of that a couple episodes ago when she dropped a guy. Hope they don’t wait until season two for that. Once she knows Arrow’s identity, the hood’s lack of disguise won’t matter since she’s the only one likely to identify him in a conflict. And once they bring her in, they can kill off the bodyguard, who isn’t that interesting.

    And then there’s his buddy “Merlyn” – when does Queen find out HE’S a bad guy? We know he has to be because of his name. It would be nice if they ramp him up along with the League of Assassins which he is connected to.

  • david

    Arrow was great last night and so was Super Natural as well. I agree the CW needs more Scifi shows like this to bring in the viewers. I am sure the CW wants to have good ratings again like they did a few years ago. I hope this next season they get more action scifi dramas and they need commedies again too. They really need to deversify the network.

  • sandys

    Love this show!!

  • Dan

    best new tv show this year!!

  • Eric_Philly

    If only Oliver Queen could “take out” some of the other shows on the CW… make more room for other good shows like his…

  • ZmaX

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Thea’s probably gonna end up being Speedy, Green Arrow’s sidekick.(based on her nickname/drug problem)I like their brother sister relationship, hopefully well see it develop.

    about Laural, the producers said something along the lines of “sooner than you would think, later than you would want.”

    the CW is working an a Wonder Woman pilot for next season. NBC’s attempt didn’t work out, but i think it’ll have it’s best chance of succeeding at the CW.

  • POIFanatic

    I’m not a comic fan, but damn I love Arrow. Its like watching a different version Nolan’s Batman. And it keeps improving every episode. Ecstatic that both Supernatural and Arrow are hitting highs. I wish the audience would increase even further for these two amazing shows.

  • POIFanatic

    @Richard: Thea is one of the reasons I tune into the show every week. She’s really interesting and her dynamic with her brother works in the show’s favor. Every superhero doesn’t need a woman (mother, lover, sister) he loves to die just so he can rise and become something great.

    If Joss Whedon ran this show, I assure you, he’d kill off Oliver’s best friend before killing off any of the women.


    I’m already like totally hooked on Arrow!

  • mort

    this is one really great show. would not miss it each wednesday.

  • A.E

    i was totally hooked on the show and i was a bit surprised that the rating were much higher,i thought that the early release might bite cw.

  • LoveMEhw

    Arrow is doing so well!
    And there’s no supernatural crap on it either, no vampires, no magic powers.

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