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The Flash was The CW’s highest rated series launch in five years as the superhero drama launched to over 5 million viewers last night.

The comic-book adaptation stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and is a spin-off from fellow CW drama series Arrow. The character of Barry Allen/Flash was introduced in the second season of Arrow to pave the way for the spin-off; although it originally planned the appearances would serve as a back-door pilot for a spin-off The CW quickly ordered it to series.

According to overnight figures The Flash launched with 4.5 million viewers beating Arrow’s series launch which had 4.1 million viewers when it premiered in 2012. In fact the series launcher was the highest rated on The CW since the launch of The Vampire Diaries in 2009 which premiered with 4.9 million viewers.

Supernatural, starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, kicked off its tenth season of The CW with 2.8 million viewers; its best season premier figures for quite some time. Supernatural is the broadcasters longest running drama series; it originally launched on The WB in 2005. When The WB merged with fellow broadcaster UPN, to form The CW, in 2005 Supernatural was one of the shows to make the transition; and it is the only such show still to air on The CW.

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