It looks like not everyone in America is always excited about what the new President has to say. On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his nomination for a new Supreme Court Justice. His speech aired on almost all primary television networks including CBS, where “The Flash” airs.
However, at CBS’ young adult network The CW, a new episode of “The Flash” played instead of Donald Trump’s nomination. Not too surprisingly, data shows that 3.04 million watched the said episode of “The Flash” instead of keeping updated with latest news about the President.
This number of viewers comprises a whopping 13 percent of nightly viewers and 22 percent of adults aged 18 to 49 since the show’ previous episode, which was aired January 24. This increase in viewership marks a huge comeback for the show after getting hit with low ratings.
Aside from the four biggest cable networks, the rest of the TV channels carried on with their regular programming. However, in the case of Barry and how much his fans want to see him defend his planet from an alternate reality, the spike in viewership numbers might not actually be because of the populace’s general dislike for Trump. Some reports say that the show might have benefited from a sudden lack of competition.
There are many people who would rather watch anything but that and a lot of channel surfing casual viewers ended up at the CW after seeing the same thing in almost every channel, writes The Mary Sue. As a result, they settled on “The Flash,” thus, drastically increasing its viewership.
The very competitive and generally disapproving President Donald Trump might not be too delighted once news of “The Flash” beating his ratings would reach him, notes Inverse. His followers might probably expect some dismissive tweets once he finds out about how “The Flash” had more people watching instead of his news.
Meanwhile, those over at “The Flash” are sure to be ecstatic about this increase in viewership. Aside from “The Flash,” DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow” also had a significant ratings bump of 3 percent and, put together, resulted to a total 17 percent viewership rise for the network.
“The Flash” airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on The CW. It also airs on FOX8 in Australia.