Ratings: Arrow Returns Down

Matt Webb Mitovich

On a night when all but one broadcast program took a hit, the CW’s Arrow opened Season 5 on Wednesday with 1.9 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down 20 and 36 percent from its previous premiere and even shy of its May finale (2.2 mil/0.8).

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Frequency debuted out of that with 1.4 mil and a 0.4, down sharply from what Supernatural last did in the time slot and off a tenth from No Tomorrow‘s Tuesday launch.

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Elsewhere on the night….

CBS | Survivor (8.5 mil/1.8) slipped 14 percent, Criminal Minds (7.6 mil/1.4) dropped 26 percent and Code Black (5.9 mil/1.0) was down 16 percent.

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NBC | Blindspot (5.6 mil/1.3) held steady, while SVU (5.7 mil/1.3) and Chicago PD (6.2 mil/1.3) dropped three and two tenths, respectively.

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ABC | Designated Survivor (7.1 mil/1.6) — which already has a full-season order — dipped 11 percent. (Sorry, no time today for sitcom numbers; TVBTN can help the anxious/desperate.)

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FOX | Lethal Weapon (6.5 mil/1.7) slipped 15 percent, while Empire (9.3 mil/3.3) dipped 11 percent.

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