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"The Flash" Debut Highest-Rated CW Premiere In Five Years

The numbers are in for Tuesday night's TV ratings, withVariety reporting on "The Flash's" impressive debut. The DC Comics super hero drama earned the highest rated premiere for its network, the CW, since the launch of "The Vampire Diaries" in 2009. More young adults tuned in to see Barry Allen's inaugural adventure than any program on ABC or Fox.

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"The Flash" averaged a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, and 4.5 million overall viewers. That demo rating bested "Arrow's" 2012 premiere, which nabbed a 1.3. The show placed second in its hour among adults 18-34 with a 1.5/6, an impressive number increased to 1.8/8 when adjusted to the 12-34 demographic.

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NBC still finished first in the ratings race, even with a two-hour clip show of "The Voice" competing against "The Flash" debut. The drama "Chicago Fire" remained white hot with 8.4 million overall viewers and helped the network finish first for the night.

For comparison, DC Comics' other primetime drama -- Fox's "Gotham" -- pulled in 8 million viewers for it's pilot episode last month. It's most recent episode brought in 6.36 million.

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