'The Flash' ratings jump to 14-month high for Earth-2 reveal
Look at him go: The Flash just hit a season high in the ratings, beating most of the Big 4 broadcast shows Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s hour, which had Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and friends traveling to the alternate world of Earth-2, delivered 4 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18–49, leaping 14 percent from last week. In fact, this is biggest Flash episode since December 2014 and marked the best adults 18–34 rating since the show’s pilot — which is impressive for a second-season series. Prolific executive producer Greg Berlanti tweeted that the Earth-2 episode is one of his favorite episodes of TV that he’s ever made.
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The episode might have been helped by The CW generating buzz by announcing an unprecedented crossover episode with sister network CBS that puts Barry Allen on freshman drama Supergirl in March. (Supergirl herself made a brief teasing appearance in Tuesday’s episode, as well). The fact that producers and network executives chose to use Allen to draw viewers to Supergirl, instead of having Kara visit Central City (or firing Arrow into the mix, for that matter) suggests The Flash has become the franchise’s most powerful superhero. And a ratings bump like this proves why.
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