After two episodes, the CW network has given ‘Arrow’ a full season order. Yes, for those who have seen the show, this may be a no brainer type of news moment, but for a new show to get a full order after just two episodes is a feat in this current television atmosphere.
The order was actually first announced by Stephen Amell (who plays Oliver Queen/Arrow) on Monday:
Soon after, the official statement from the CW network was released with Mark Pedowitz, President of the CW network saying of the order:
“Our strategy of rolling out our new fall schedule later in the year really paid off for The CW on several levels, especially with Arrow, which was the network’s most watched premiere in three years and is one of the breakout hits of the new season. I’m proud of the quality of Arrow and I’m happy we’ll be able to share more of it with viewers.”
‘Arrow’ debuted on October 10th, a couple weeks after most of the new Fall shows premiered and opened with a strong 1.3 rating and 4.14 million views. This was the network’s most watched premiere since the premiere of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ three years ago. The show stayed constant in the ratings for the next episode and is the only new broadcast show that has maintained its debut demographics rating in its second week.
‘Arrow’ centers on mysterious billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, who has been rescued after being stranded on an island for 5 years. Upon his return, he takes up the alter ego of Arrow, a crime-fighting vigilante who uses his physical abilities and expertise on the bow and arrow to take down the corrupt people who threaten the lives of the citizens of Starling City.
What makes the series very audience friendly is the fact that the producers have found the unique balance to not only introduce the comic book character to viewers not familiar with the superhero’s saga and still engage with those who are big comic book fans much like ‘Smallville’ did for Superman.
The CW has upped the episode count for ‘Arrow’ to 22 for its first season. If you missed the first couple episodes, you can catch up with the recaps for the pilot and the second episode. And keep returning each week as we recap the series here on ScienceFiction.com!