After only two episodes, Arrow is getting a full-season pickup from The CW.
The recent premiere of the DC Comics-inspired action-drama series delivered 4.1 million viewers, the network’s most popular telecast in three years. The second episode’s ratings managed to tie the premiere’s performance among adults 18-49 — the only new broadcast show to maintain its debut’s demo rating during its second episode this fall. “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,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “I’m proud of the quality of Arrow and I’m happy we’ll be able to share more of it with viewers.”
The news just broke on Twitter after star Stephen Amell fired, um, prematurely before the network’s planned announcement. The CW’s move leap-frogs Arrow over shows that have been waiting since September for a pickup decision, such as CBS’ Elementary.