"Arrow" Misses on Ratings, but Hits the Target for Time Warner Investors

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) investors should be thrilled with the direction Arrow is taking in season 2, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

You wouldn't know it from the ratings. Viewership for the season 2 premiere fell 31% from last year's series opener as only 2.7 million fans tuned in. More important, Tim says, is the richness and variety of references to the wider DC Comics universe seen in the premiere.

From S.T.A.R. Labs to Brother Blood to a brief appearance by the heroine Black Canary, the episode "City of Heroes" suggests Time Warner is giving Arrow's creative team the space to explore new concepts and characters. It's this sort of experimentation that ultimately builds franchises, Tim asserts.

Do you agree? Have you been watching Arrow? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2013, at 7:32 PM, Gazhaban wrote:

    This is an amazing show. There is an evolution to Arrow that leaves me craving more. Oliver begins as the hood, but is starting 'a new path.' The depth of this character and the development of the main characters is just delightful. I find myself wondering if Oliver will have a 'Speedy' (not a Flash reference) sidekick soon... I love this show!

  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2013, at 7:42 PM, virgilcole wrote:

    This season of Arrow is not off to a very good start.

    The only reason that last season did so well was that they strayed a great deal from the source material, and made Ollie more of a "bad ass", and showed that he was willing to do what needed to be done to clean up the city of the rampant crime and corruption.

    But this season has been about searching everyone's "feelings" and changing Ollie into a bleeding heart, so expect the ratings to continue to fall, and more second tier DC characters to show up as they try and salvage the series.

    As it stands the flashback sequences are the best part of every episode, and that is because it takes place before this seasons white wash.

  • Report this Comment On October 20, 2013, at 1:03 AM, Richard233 wrote:

    I heard they are looking to give him super powers.

    If so, they need to know this will kill the character.

    The reason why superman is less popular than batman is that batman does what he does despite the lack of superpowers. It's a lot more brave to do something wearing a suit and hoping it will protect you than doing it while being invulnerable.

    Green Arrow is great anti-hero. Make him super or even a standard fights within the rules and it will suck.

  • Report this Comment On October 20, 2013, at 3:15 AM, milojthatch wrote:

    I actually was uneasy with last season of Arrow due to his killing so easy and so often. I realize today's society likes Anti-Heroes better, but a few of us still rather watch a true hero. This season, Ollie might finally become that and I'm really happy to see it!

    I would be really excited if Flash, Wonder Woman, and dare I say it, Superman and Batman spin-off followed!

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