Today The CW released word that last night's Season 3 premiere of "Arrow" hit higher audience numbers than both the Season 2 premiere and the Season 2 finale. The official Nielsen numbers for the episode put total viewers at 2.79 million which is up 2% from this time last year as well as being up 13% in adults 18-34 and 11% in adults 18-49.
Overall, the newest episode of the Green Arrow adaptation had a 1.0 rating/3 share. For comparisons sake, Fox's "Gotham" debuted to 8 million viewers and a 3.2 share. While the CW series may seem far behind that kind of performance, the network is quick to point out that its series outperformed almost all competition (save for CBS' "Survivor") in the critical men 18 to 34 demographic.
An encore presentation of "The Flash's" pilot followed last night's "Arrow" with its own impressive 2.09 million viewers for a 0.6/2 performance with adults 18 to 34 and a 0.7/3 result with men of the same age.
If you missed last night's "Arrow," you can catch up now with Spinoff Online's episode recap or read CBR's spoiler-filled interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim.