The Flash debuted as the most-watched series premiere ever on The CW, scoring 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 Day Nielsen ratings, and was the network's highest-rated series premiere among adults 18-49 in more than five years, since The Vampire Diaries debuted in 2009.
The most critically acclaimed new series of the season, Jane the Virgin, bowed with The CW's most-watched and highest-rated show in its time period in two years. TV Guide called Jane the Virgin the "#1 Must-See" new show of the season, and named star Gina Rodriguez the "most inspiring young actress on TV today." Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter said Jane was "by far the best network pilot -drama or comedy" this season.
Here's what The CW's Mark Pedowitz had to say in a statement.
"We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with The Flash launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and Jane the Virgin recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country. Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and The Flash and Jane have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I'm thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series."
The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Everwood), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Eli Stone), David Nutter (Arrow, Game of Thrones) and Sarah Schechter. This series is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
Jane the Virgin is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens M.D.), Ben Silverman (The Biggest Loser), Gary Pearl (10.5: Apocalypse) and Jorge Granier (Que el Cielo Me Explique).