We all knew there was a lot of buzz about The Flash, but last night’s opener delivered beyond some wildest dreams, especially in this era of lower live ratings.  The Flash debuted to a 1.8 in 18-49, 4.54 million viewers overall, and cementing a rarity for The CW for the night, a third place finish in demo ratings, fourth place in overall viewers. 

The Flash even did better than the other comic book show of the night, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  That show, which aired an hour later, only got 1.6 in the 18-49 demo and 4.39 million viewers. 

Supernatural also did well in it’s season 10 premiere, which helped secure the CW’s overall evening ranking.  It scored a 1.2 in 18-49 and 2.79 million viewers overall.  That’s on par with last season in demo, and a little higher with viewers.  

Below is the press release from The CW.  Sounds like another successful franchise is born!

THE FLASH zoomed out of the gates last night – Tuesday night’s series debut of THE FLASH was The CW’s most watched (4.54M) and highest-rated A18-49 (1.8/6) series premiere in more than five years, since THE Vampire Diaries bowed in 2009.

THE FLASH is The CW’s third most watched and highest rated series premiere ever in A18-49, behind only THE Vampire Diaries and 90210.

THE FLASH was The CW’s most watched telecast, of any CW show, since the series premiere of TVD on 9/10/09.

In the Tuesday 8-9pm hour, THE FLASH was second in A18-34, behind only NBC, and beat ABC and Fox in total viewers. For the night (8-10pm) The CW outrated both ABC and Fox in A18-34 and A18-49.

THE FLASH was The CW’s most watched show in its time period in more than seven years (GILMORE GIRLS series finale on 5/15/07) and highest rated in A18-49 in more than six years (90210 on 9/2/08). THE FLASH ties the network’s best ever rating in the time period in M18-34 (1.8/7, GILMORE GIRLS on 5/15/07).

Last night was The CW’s most watched night (3.66M) in more than four years (5/12/10), and its highest rated night in A18-49 (1.5/5) in more than four years also (9/9/10). It was the best A18-34 night (1.3/5) for the network since 10/11/12.

This was The CW’s most watched (3.66M) Tuesday night in more than six years (90210 premiere on 9/2/08) and highest-rated in A18-49 (1.5/5) since 9/9/09. It’s the network’s best Tuesday night ever in M18-49 (1.7/6) and ties the net’s best Tuesday ever in M18-34 (1.6/6).

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