'Arrow' strikes ratings gold for CW; 'Nashville' beats 'Chicago Fire'

We expect big smiles around The CW offices today.

Wednesday night ratings are slowly trickling in and things are looking very good for The CW’s “Arrow” and ABC’s “Nashville.” Meanwhile, NBC’s “Chicago Fire” got off to a modest start, trailing behind “Nashville” and the CBS’s veteran drama “CSI.”

The CW’s huge advertising push for “Arrow”, which heavily featured Stephen Amell’s abs, did its job. The freshman superhero drama, that’s not really a superhero show, debuted to an impressive 4.02 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating.

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ABC’s “Nashville” also had a huge marketing push and it had a solid debut with 9 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating. It’s important to note that ABC offered the pilot online since last week so that might have an effect on the ratings.

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Finally, NBC’s “Chicago Fire” had 6.4 million viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, coming in behind “Nashville” and “CSI,” which had 10.6 million viewers and a 2.6 demo rating. The “Chicago Fire” pilot has also been available online for a few days and could have affected the ratings.

Elsewhere, “Supernatural” got a boost from its lead in, pulling 2.6 million viewers in with a 1.0 demo, up from its premiere and “The X Factor” had 9.4 million viewers with a 3.4 rating. ABC’s comedies were a mixed bag with “The Middle” getting a 2.4 rating, “The Neighbors” a 1.9 and “Modern Family” had a 4.8 for its full hour.