By Natalie Abrams
Updated October 08, 2014 at 03:50 PM EDT

The Flash debuted to strong numbers on Tuesday night and became The CW’s most-watched and highest-rated series premiere since The Vampire Diaries launched in 2009.

The super series, starring Grant Gustin as the scarlet speedster, drew 4.5 million viewers and a 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic. That’s even higher than the flagship series Arrow debuted to in 2012 (4.1 million, 1.3). In comparison, Diaries’ debut drew 4.9 million and a 2.1.

The Flash also finished third in the hour, ahead of ABC and Fox. On ABC, comedies Selfie and Mahattan Love Story both dropped off in their second episodes. Selfie drew 3.9 million and 1.1, while Manhattan brought in 3.2 million and 0.9. For its part, Fox aired a repeat of Family Guy in the 8 p.m. time slot, which only drew 1.98 million and 0.9, on average with last week’s Utopia.

CBS handily dominated the night with NCIS (17.08 million, 2.6), NCIS: New Orleans (15.34 million, 2.3) and Person of Interest (9.83 million, 1.6), though NBC gave them a run for their money in the demo. Chicago Fire (8.39 million and 2.1) easily beat ABC’s Forever (5.13 million, 1.3). But a Voice recap episode at 8 p.m. only brought in 8.76 million and 2.3.

As for the rest of the night, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. averaged 4.39 million and 1.6, up against the return of Supernatural (2.79 million, 1.2) on The CW. Fox came in last in the 9 p.m. hour with New Girl drawing 2.55 million and 1.3, followed by The Mindy Project with 2.19 million, 1.0.

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