When The CW decided to order a series all about the Green Arrow, it is starting to look as though they made the right move. Is it likely that the superhero drama “Arrow” will lose some of its audience in the weeks ahead? Sure, but it’s hard to argue against the success of a show that has already done what no other show has done since October of 2010: deliver a rating of a 1.3 in the 18-49 demographic.
In addition to that, the stellar Stephen Amell series also had the honor of posting 4 million viewers, making it the most-watched premiere on the network in three years (really since “Nikita” first came on the scene). We really give “Arrow” one more week at this rate, and The CW will be chomping at the bit to give them a pickup for a full season. In other good news, this boosted “Supernatural” to a 1.0 rating, and its viewership was also up over 30% from the season premiere. All of a sudden, it’s looking like Wednesday nights may be the saving grace of this network.
Elsewhere on TV, the news was not quite so good. “Survivor: Philippines” dropped to a season low with a 2.6 rating, while you can also pretty much call both “Animal Practice” (1.1) and “Guys with Kids” (1.4) dead. In case you were wondering, this is why NBC probably made the decision to hold off airing new episodes of “Community” and “Whitney” for a while longer. After all, wouldn’t they look much better on Wednesday nights than they would have on Fridays? We personally anticipate the two shows starting up during the November sweeps to give NBC at least a marginal amount of greater firepower compared with what we are seeing here now.
Finally, some news on the launch of a pair of new dramas. NBC had itself a so-so outing with “Chicago Fire,” which scored a 1.9 rating that is bad by most network standards, but okay for them when you consider that so many of their dramas fare even worse than this.
What were you watching Wednesday night?