Let’s start with the great news: “The Flash” premiered to a whopping 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic! While that may be average for a large network like CBS, this is the highest-rated premiere for The CW since “The Vampire Diaries” more than five years ago. The same thing goes for total viewers, which is drew more than 4.5 million of. While we expect the show to lose some numbers next week, the positive reviews suggest to us that a full-season order is almost inevitable at this point.
What is also worth commending is that with a 1.2, “Supernatural” matched the premiere rating from last season. It may have lost 33% of its lead-in, but in this situation, we don’t think that The CW really cares. This show is sticking around as long as the cast and crew want it to.
Now, for the awkward news. With a much smaller budget, “The Flash” beat Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” (1.6). Meanwhile, “Selfie” sank versus last week to a 1.1, and “Manhattan Love Story” (0.9) is going to find itself heartbroken very soon. Note that ABC does have a history this year of seeing their fast national numbers being under-reported, but it would take a record adjustment for the comedies to turn around.
The one other show to be slightly afraid for, at least at the moment, airs over on CBS in “Person of Interest.” With a 1.6, it was clobbered by “Chicago Fire” (2.1), which did not even have a big lead-in last night. We envision this show being moved next season if this continues.
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