Today The CW announced that they've ordered a full, 22-episode season of their runaway hit, Arrow. It was made official in a statement issued by the network’s president, Mark Pedowitz.
“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,” Pedowitz said in an official statement. “I’m proud of the quality of Arrow and I’m happy we’ll be able to share more of it with viewers.”
As we mentioned a few weeks back, Arrow grabbed the biggest audience for a CW program since 2009’s Vampire Diaries. Both episodes were watched by 3.5-4 million viewers, most of which were in the coveted 18-49 demographic. That’s a pretty monumental feat in this day and age.
For those who’ve been living under a rock, the show a new series based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow. The new, slightly darker version begins with our hero’s alter-ego, Oliver Queen, returning to his hometown after being stuck on a deserted island in the Pacific for five years. His father, whose life was taken by the shipwreck, instills in him a mission to fight corruption in their city upon his return to it.
Could Arrow’s success open the door for the Warner Brothers-owned CW to bring more DC characters to life? Time will tell.