The CW has picked up a full 22-episode season of its breakout superhero drama Arrow.
The series, based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, premiered Oct. 10 to 4.02 million viewers, making it the network’s most-watched debut since The Vampire Diaries in September 2009. Last week’s episode remained strong, dipping just 15 percent to 3.5 million viewers.
“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,” The CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “I’m proud of the quality of Arrow and I’m happy we’ll be able to share more of it with viewers.”
Starring Stephen Amell (Hung), the series centers on wealthy young bad boy Oliver Queen, who after being marooned on a remote island for five years returns to Starling City with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference.
Airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Arrow also stars Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.