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'The Flash' beats 'SHIELD' for first time since premiere

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The Flash just pulled off a rare DC vs. Marvel Tuesday-night victory: Last night’s The Flash climbed in the ratings to beat ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD in the precious adults 18-49 rating. 

This has only happened one other time, and that was for The Flash‘s record-setting series premiere back in the fall. The Flash rose 15 percent in the ratings last night as Barry Allen’s adventures gathered steam toward his first season climax, while SHIELD fell 13 percent as the synegistic drama worked to set up plot threads coming to Marvel’s summer tentpole movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Overall for the season, however, SHIELD still crushes The Flash—especially after adding in all that DVR playback. SHIELD averages 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the demo, while The Flash averages 4.4 million viewers and a 1.7 rating. That disparity, however, is what makes last night’s performances worth noting. 

Both shows also have spin-offs in the works for next season, with SHIELD developing a new series starring Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, and The CW working on a FlashArrow spin-off that is hopefully-not-really titled Legends of Tomorrow. So perhaps next season, this Marvel vs. DC face-off will have all-new players.