Last week, the Invasion! crossover special on The CW wreaked havoc in the Arrowverse as heroes like Supergirl, Green Arrow, and the Flash contended with an alien race. The same cannot be said for the network’s ratings though. The four-night crossover gifted The CW with a rather extraordinary gift; The CW had its best ratings week in six years with more than 2.3 million viewers, a number comparable to when Smallville was on air.
On Monday, the event kicked off when Supergirl suited up. The first crossover episode was the most-watched Monday night episode in almost seven years. 2.36 million viewers tuned into the thrilling episode which is also the network’s highest-rated Monday night of the past five years. It also looks like plenty of guys made sure to watch the superhero special as Monday marked a record rating for The CW with male viewers. The Supergirl episode scored a rating of 0.8/3.
On Tuesday, the numbers kept flooding in when The Flash made a comeback. “Invasion!” drew in a rating of 1.5 and over 4 million viewers which translates to a 39% increase in viewership from last season’s high of 3.17 million. Arrow continued the trend on Wednesday night. The hit drama had a rating of 1.3 with more than 3.5 million viewers.
To end the Invasion! special, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow treated fans to an explosive episode. The show raked in 3.33 million total viewers last night, an all-time high for the series. It also scored a rating of 1.1 which puts the episode just shy of Legends of Tomorrow’s highest demo rating. The series premiered with a 1.2 rating when its pilot debuted.
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Tonight, The Flash will make its return to the small screen after the crossover for its midseason finale. You can read the official synposis for "The Present" below:
BARRY SEEKS HELP FROM JAY GARRICK — With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry (Grant Gustin) is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris (Candice Patton). Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R. (Tom Cavanagh), which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened.
The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. "The Present" will debut on December 6, 2016.