ARROW Season 2 Premiere Ratings And Easter Eggs

What were the rating for Arrow's "City of Heroes?" Continue on to find out. Also, did you catch all the Easter egg and foreshadowing in the season 2 premiere - if not, we've got you covered. Be sure to visit the Green Arrow section for all the latest news from Starling City.

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By Mark Julian - 10/10/2013
Arrow season 2 premiere City of Heroes
Lets start with the ratings. Arrow returned a bit lower than expected but on par with the season one average. The industry expected the season premiere to be much higher - its 2.7 million views/0.9 demographic rating were down from the season one premiere of 4.1 million /1.3 demo. Still, its numbers were good enough to just barely keep Arrow as The CW's most viewed show so don't be concerned just yet. The test will be in the coming weeks and whether the show holds steady or enters a decline. It should also be noted that all of the Wednesday shows posted lower-than-expected ratings.

There were also a few Easter eggs in the pilot episode that may become important as the season progresses. Did you catch them?

Arrow season 2 premiere easter egg
Before cutting to news of Oliver Queen's return to Starling City, the newscaster can be heard stating, "...a representative from Central City's S.T.A.R. Labs says the particle accelerator will be ready by Christmas." Will this have something to do with the creation of The Flash? It's possible, chances are that was not a throw away line. Also, the anchor, Bethany Snow is a DC Comics character and follower of Brother Blood who was also referenced in this episode. Blood will be played this season by True Blood alum, Kevin Alejandro.


In Oliver's absence, copycats of 'The Hood' (aptly named The Hoods) have sprung up and they're willing to use gun down anyone who gets in their way, including law enforcement. A similar event occurred in The Dark Knight's opening scene with Scarecrow. Will Starling City host more copycats or vigilantes dispensing lethal force in episodes to come? A little birdy tells me it's a strong likelihood.

Arrow season 2 premiere easter egg
Moira Queen is being held in Iron Heights prison. A notorious maximum-security prison from DC Comics which typically houses the super powered criminals of Keystone and Central City. The prison also made an appearance in season one of Arrow.

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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: (Season Two) October 9th, 2013
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann, Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

"After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine."
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Tainted87 - 10/10/2013, 10:14 AM
Iron Heights can't hold the Borg Queen forever.
Tainted87 - 10/10/2013, 10:15 AM
There was also a particle accelerator test which was said to be taking place by Christmas in Central City.
Amazing512 - 10/10/2013, 10:17 AM
I have yet to really watch this show. Just not a fan.
ScabbyJ - 10/10/2013, 10:26 AM
I'm about 8 episodes into season 1. It obviously isn't bad to me or I wouldn't keep watching it back-to-back, but it's not perfect, and I don't pretend it is. It's alright.
Dinotron - 10/10/2013, 10:27 AM
@Amazing512
Kinda hard to become a fan of anything if you never watch it, just saying
BigMikeReviews - 10/10/2013, 10:29 AM
General audiences have been spoiled by big budget adapations of comic book characters, seeing them on the small screen on considerably lower budgets just doesn't seem to attract large numbers (same goes for AOS) Comic book fans are watching it out of curiosity but it would take more than what's offered now to attract the average Joe
TheDarkLord - 10/10/2013, 10:34 AM
So when can we expect to see flash in full costume?
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 10/10/2013, 10:35 AM
"I have yet to really watch this show. Just not a fan." Yeah I know what you mean. I've never tried Pepsi...because it tastes like garbage.
Philvis - 10/10/2013, 10:37 AM
For what it is, I think this show is pretty good. The action choreography is definitely on point. I really wish AoS would call their choreographers up. It obviously has some soap opera type moments, but I'd rather something go a little 'deep' than be shallow. I think all the characters have blossomed so to speak and the acting is definitely more on point than it was in the beginning of the first season. The gritty feel definitely works for this show.
Philvis - 10/10/2013, 10:39 AM
@TheDarkLord - I think they said Flash would appear in episode 20 or something close to that. Barry Allen is appearing in episode 8 if I'm not mistaken.
HBComics - 10/10/2013, 10:40 AM
Great article! I really hope that The Flash shows up. That would be sweet! I really want to see DC make a Flash feature film. As for the ratings I think it might have something to do with playoff baseball. I could be wrong but i don't think that last years premiere was during a playoff game. Hopefully next weeks show gets better ratings. Still as you stated it is the highest on the network.
soforizo - 10/10/2013, 10:42 AM
@BigMikeReviews

General audiences don't turn out in number to that channel period.
ParisSun - 10/10/2013, 10:43 AM
@BigMike, you make a great point.

It's hard to make one of these shows look great on a tv budget.

When great shows have tried to go with a large budget and put out a quality looking productl, networks complain about the costs of keeping it going.

CW is just an odd network. It's top two scripted shows, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural premiered at 1.2 18-49. That's good for this network. In comparison Arrow has a 0.9 18-49. You wonder how the network can survive. But I did hear that these shows are produced inhouse, so the suits make money off them since they don't have to do like most networks and purchase programming.

Whatever, not really up on that language but I would bet that these shows make their money back on dvds. I'm not buying dvds of the Voice and I doubt many people are. But I'm going to buy every season of GoT, Walking Dead and other genre shows.
SuperGuy83 - 10/10/2013, 10:46 AM
Love it So much better than Breaking Bad also Looking to see how this season plays out something tells me Malcolm Merlyn isnt dead
TayDee - 10/10/2013, 10:51 AM
Thea is the worse character on this show. Shitty acting at its finest.
TayDee - 10/10/2013, 10:52 AM
Lol, this guy compared it to Breaking Bad.
EtriganTheDemon - 10/10/2013, 10:53 AM
SuperGuy83 - "So much better than Breaking Bad"

Someones looking to stir the pot...
Deathstick87 - 10/10/2013, 10:57 AM
@SuperGuy83. Agreed. Merlyn better not be dead! I would love to eventually see him again in an Arrow adaption of The Legion of Doom.
Philvis - 10/10/2013, 10:58 AM
@TayDee - Thea is definitely my least favorite character on the show, so I agree with you on that.
edge13 - 10/10/2013, 11:08 AM
ah,so its about 1/4 compared to AoS then
soforizo - 10/10/2013, 11:10 AM
@edge13

And 4 times the quality, which isn't saying much but hell.
TerminalVoyd - 10/10/2013, 11:12 AM
@TheDarkLord - 10/10/2013, 10:34 AM

"So when can we expect to see flash in full costume?"

As Philvis mentioned, The Flash will appear in the 20th episode, which will actually be the backdoor pilot for the new Flash series.

Barry Allen has two appearances prior to that this season, setting up The Flash in (reportedly) episodes 8 and 9.
charlie2094 - 10/10/2013, 11:16 AM
@edge13

Pretty good going since AOS only got that because of a $1.5 Billion film.

@SuperGuy83

That can't even be serious right? Breaking Bads on a whole different level to Arrow, and AOS. Going to assume just trying to stir things up..
126thst - 10/10/2013, 11:16 AM
I prefer AoS but I hope this show doesnt tank this season.
soforizo - 10/10/2013, 11:23 AM
ckal - 10/10/2013, 11:13 AM
arrow is trash
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So I take it you have an appetite for trash, seeing how you are eager to come in and write in this thread.
Ceejay - 10/10/2013, 11:25 AM
Superheroes with families, little sisters and angst romances simply don't cut it for me no matter how many costumed clowns they throw in with ballroom dancing level choreographed fight scenes. he doesn't even wear a mask for crissakes, just spray-can mascara!
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 11:36 AM
I don't watch this show, but someone mentioned a particle accelerator test. {face palm}
Okay, why try to change EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME? I get so sick of comic book movie and series writers who think they are the greatest thing to ever write anything because they changed things in the origin story of a character we already knew the origin story of. Different is not better.
What's the symbol on the Flash? Anybody? The emblem? Lightning, isn't it? Yes, it is lightning. Why is it lightning? The more reasons that fit, the more appropriate and perfect. Okay, lightning is "lightning fast", like the Flash. But also, LIGHTNING CAUSED HIM TO HAVE THE POWERS. They'd better not F### with that. If they do, I'm completely rage quitting all WB series with a passion.
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 11:38 AM
BTW, electricity is not necessarily lightning. Lightning is made of electricity, but when you get zapped because you stick your finger in a socket, it was not lightning.
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 11:40 AM
What I'm saying to writers, make up new storylines, change minor details to existing ones if it's a good idea, but don't keep changing the foundations of the characters. They were well thought out to begin with.
soforizo - 10/10/2013, 11:41 AM
Ceejay - 10/10/2013, 11:25 AM
"ballroom dancing level choreographed fight scenes..."
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Totally reasonable assessment.

I always thought superheroes should be born from test tubes, that way they would have no-strings attached.

/sarc
PeterDarker - 10/10/2013, 11:44 AM
"So much better than Breaking Bad"
Pulpit rock
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 11:44 AM
I'm not against a particle accelerator being involved, I should say. Just as long as lightning is also.
soforizo - 10/10/2013, 11:49 AM
@JediPhilosopher

--"I don't watch this show, but someone mentioned a particle accelerator test."

If you don't watch this show as you say, then why give a f'ck if they chose to use a particle accelerator or not???

--"What I'm saying to writers..."

I don't think the writers are active members on this forum, but maybe there's a better way to reach them through CW's contact page instead of here. Don't you think?

I'm sure the producers will be thrilled when they read the opening line of your letter saying: "I don't watch this show, but I think you should do this and this other thing..."

soforizo - 10/10/2013, 11:52 AM
@Jedi

I think it's likely that lighting will be involved, but still don't get your concern for what the show does, if you don't even watch it.
soforizo - 10/10/2013, 11:55 AM
@PeterDarker

Opinions aren't facts, you know?

I enjoyed BB as much as the next guy, but I also know many folks who don't give a crap about it in favor of other shows.
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 11:56 AM
It's the characters. With me, it's always the characters. I care.
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 11:57 AM
I want people to love these charcaters like I do. When they screw it up for the charcaters, they screw it up for me too.
Jer3miah - 10/10/2013, 11:59 AM
I hope the view count gets better. This is the only show I'll watch TV and endure brain wash commercials for.

@JediPhilosopher
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PeterDarker - 10/10/2013, 12:01 PM
@soforizo, true. But, if everyone on the planet says that wet horse shit smells awful, but you say it smells like roses well...
JediPhilosopher - 10/10/2013, 12:02 PM
There's a whole new group of kids growing up right now thinking that Superman is just a guy who punches and snaps necks, flies into wreckless rages, catching the occasional peasant or Lois Lane if they wander into his seemingly narrow field of view.
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