‘Arrow’ Ratings Hit The Mark for CW; Stephen Amell Talks Production

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Arrow Ratings Hit the Mark Arrow Ratings Hit The Mark for CW; Stephen Amell Talks Production

The CW set their sights high with their new edgy anti-hero drama Arrow – and it turns out the emerald archer hit the bull’s eye by pulling in the highest ratings the network has seen in three years. Arrow’s debut drew in over 4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which the network hasn’t seen since the premiere of Vampire Diaries back in 2009.

In another rare ratings feat Arrow’s first hunt actually tied NBC’s new Wednesday night comedies Animal Practice and Guys With Kids for the hour in the demo and total viewers. The second episode of Supernatural season 8 also received a superhero assist from Arrow by pulling the veteran drama’s numbers up to 2.6 million viewers and a 1 rating from last week’s season premiere.

The premier episode of Arrow gave some brief insight into the backstory of Starling City’s new protector, who is based on DC Comic’s bow-wielding superhero Green Arrow.  While the pilot didn’t exactly illustrate how a rich playboy trains himself to become a nearly-unstoppable crime fighting machine, it did however show the missing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) return home with a new purpose after five years of being marooned on an deserted island. Now as Arrow, Queen seeks to clean up the Starling City streets, to right the mysterious wrongs of his father.

Recently Arrow himself Stephen Amell sat down with Zap2it, where the Canadian actor touched upon the heavy workload of Arrow and his interest in doing his own stunts:

“I do have a really good stunt guy. We barely used him for the second episode, but we used him a bit for the pilot. The insurance on the pilot was tougher, because it’s a pilot, so if there’s a production delay, it’s just dead. We had seventeen days to shoot that episode. Now, we have eight days [per episode], and a lot of the shots are more like steady cams and single shots, so it has to be me.

There will be some times where it is my stunt double because of scheduling. I can’t be in two places at once. It’s never me saying, “When is my day over?” It’s more, “When do they legally have to get me off of the lot, based on when I have to be back the next day?” The first call is a big thing in the acting world, and in the union world. There needs to be a 12 hour period, and I need it. Although I mentally prepared myself for six day weeks, six-seven day weeks. It’s busy. It’s good, though. It’s definitely good.”

Arrow Ratings Stephen Amell as Arrow Arrow Ratings Hit The Mark for CW; Stephen Amell Talks Production

The strong ratings for Arrow reflect well on The CW’s gamble to branch out and bring new viewers to the network with a darker and edgy program. Whether the network’s other somewhat dicey wager in the updated cop drama Beauty and the Beast pays off as well remains to be seen, but rest assured we’ll let you know.


Catch Arrow Wednesday’s @ 8/7c on the CW.

Source: Futon Critic & Zap2it

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  1. So who is more deadly with the bow and arrow
    Hawkeye or Green Arrow?

    • Bullseye lol

    • Both are talented marksmen and can hit damn near anything. Green Arrow will kill if he feels it absolutely necessary. Will Hawkeye? For THAT reason, I would say Green Arrow.

      • It’s an interesting question, as I’d say it’s arguably the closest Marvel vs DC match-up you can possibly think of. I go with Hawkeye because he was originally a villain, so he was willing to use his bow and arrow for deadly purposes, and he’s gotten SHIELD training and experience with it. Also, if, for whatever reason, the fight got close-quaters, Hawkeye would win since he’s been trained by and studied Captain America, whereas Green Arrow’s fighting experience was either self-taught or he was trained by someone not as good as Cap.

        • Lol. Ithink it comes down to, “Are you DC or a Marvel Fan?”

          Hawkeye was a hightech villain against some heroes. GA was stranded on an island for years with a drug cartel for enemies?
          Hawkeye was trained by Cap. GA was trained by Batman and WildCat.
          Sounds pretty even.

    • Hawkeye is boring

  2. Hawkeye

  3. I prefer Green Arrow over Hawkeye, although I haven’t seen much yet of this Arrow guy. I don’t know much about the comics, but I like how they started this series. I’m curious about the next weeks/episodes. This definitely made me curious about the comics. Can anybody recommend something to me, with what comic I should start?

    • “The Longbow Hunters” is excellent.

  4. Im glad this has good ratings, i think it has a lot of potential.

  5. Have yet to watch the first episode. I’m not eagerly curios but as far as I know it got mostly positive reviews.

  6. The pilot was awesome and I hope it lasts quite a few seasons. As for the previous comments of Hawkeye or Green ArrowI would go with Hawkeye. I think he’s more interesting because Hawkeye was a former villain turned Avenger. Green Arrow has character but he’s too much like Bruce Wayne. But I’d rather have Green Arrows costume, aside from the face paint.

    • I say comic book green arrow cause he has awesome facial hair. this you not so much.

    • i agree, the pilot was awesome and I really hope it stays on the air for many seasons. I’m a Marvel guy for sure over DC. But I have to say I like this Arrow, over Renner’s Hawkeye. Arrow just has more depth to him which I like and seems cooler. Now in the comics I like Hawkeye better than The Green Arrow. I’ll tell ya, I really think the CW has something very good on their hands with this show, it’s very cool.

      • Well, Hawkeye didn’t really get much character development to give us a chance to like his character. He had a very short cameo in Thor, and was brainwashed for Half of The Avengers Film. Plus, after that event, all he really got was action scenes since he was in war with the Chitauri.
        I find it Ironic that, I’m actually a DC guy over Marvel [Like 92% DC and 8% Marvel]. All in all, Arrow is promising.

        • Yeah, he even complained that he was just a terminator in the movie.

  7. FANTASTIC first episode….could be the best comic TV show yet!….but Beauty/Beast….super model girl detectives investigate hot ex military male model with slight disfigurment………zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Because I didn’t care too much for the VP debates last night, I watched BATB. Meh. Pilot is always promising but two hot looking detectives? Give me Cagney and Lacey any day. Don’t know how long this series will last but we’ll see.

    • beauty and the beast is gonna tank. i love kristen kreuk but the show is boring

  8. i had my doubts at first, but i thought the pilot was great! looking forward to seeing more. i’m also a fan of the Green Arrow comic.

  9. Green arrow has better fashion sense and boxing glove arrows. So I’d go with him. I mean clothes make the man and Hawkeye had one of the most god awful costumes for decades.

  10. drako died so fast and it’s only the pilot wtf ?! i hate how all these honkies keep underutilising the martial artists they hire, both darren and scott adkins never get enough screen time, never get to show off their capabilities or last long as a side character.

    here’s hoping that drako somehow returns and properly portrays the character we all thought he would >:(

    as for the show, it’s a little hit and miss, the green arrow scenes where good, but everything else was a little bland. if they improve on the camera work and editing for the action scenes, then i might continue watching, but if they dont i doubt i’ll get past episode 3 (the time i expect them to kick things into gear).

    • Yeah, I’m hoping that was Constantine Drakon’s younger brother. The Drakon in the comics whupped GA’s butt and crucified him with his arrows.

    • Honkies? Seriously? Come on, let us keep it civil. No reason to go there.

  11. Arrow is on must-see TV for me. Name change was for exactly those who rant against their development, hey maybe this is how it went down on Earth-11.
    I did not like Smallville until I readjusted my thinking to alternate Earth postulate of DCU. They have plenty of time to explain Ollie’s skills all to do with tats and scars, deathstroke mask, China White connection. Sister to be saved from speed by becoming sidekick to bro? Tommy Merlyn already evil in collusion with Ollie’s evil mother? Black Canary? Love that Arrow kills, consistent with training by some very bad people on the Island.

  12. I was pretty impressed by the pilot. Here’s hoping this continues the good work.

  13. I think we have a winner here. Wonder what they could do with JLA members such as The Atom? Or Martian Manhunter? Or Dr. Fate and Hourman from the JSA?

  14. Love this… Arrow is Awesome !! My husband and son now have show we all love to watch together. Hard to find a TV show a 16 year old and 50 plus all enjoy!! Thanks for family night, we are on the edge of our seat waiting ….!!!