One of the broadcast networks has just aired the most-watched telecast in its history. It’s not one of the big four broadcast nets, but little CW, which pulled off the feat with the premiere of “The Flash.”
Variety reports: “’The Flash’ had already looked very impressive in the same-night numbers, with its Oct. 7 premiere drawing the best ratings for a debut on the network in the five years since ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ and drawing more young adults than any program that night on ABC (including ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’) or Fox.
“And Nielsen now estimates that an average audience of 6.8 million watched ‘The Flash’ in Live+7 numbers (full week’s worth of DVR playback), adding 1.96 million viewers (about 40%) to its same-night total of 4.84 million.”
That breaks the CW record set in 2007 by a season finale of “America’s Next Top Model,” which registered 6.69 million total viewers, the report notes. The CW launched in 2006.
“Across all platforms, including initiated streams on digital platforms and total unduplicated viewers on-air over two airings the week of Oct. 7, the premiere was seen more than 13 million times,” Variety notes.