Crisis on Earth-X: Viewers Prefer Heroes Punching Aliens Over Heroes Punching Nazis

The Arrowverse wrapped up their four-series crossover event, Crisis on Earth-X, last night with some big emotions and some major character changing events. There were also a few surprise cameos for long time fans of the shows. From a viewer's perspective, the event delivered on everything that was promised and then some. But the CW will most likely look at the ratings to tell how successful the series was… and the overnights are in.

The Flash — "Crisis on Earth — X, Part 3 — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Yesterday we broke down that Supergirl brought in 2.65 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating. That's up 40 and 80 percent from the series' previous episode and is its largest episode since January 23rd. And the second part, an episode of Arrow, followed up with a 2.54 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, more than double last Thursday's episode.

The third part of the event took place on The Flash, which is already the top rated show on the network. This episode drew 2.74 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, which ties the best numbers for the series since the season premier. The finale did even better on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, bringing in 2.76 million total viewers and 0.9, which is almost double the previous week's episode of the series. This is the series' best numbers since last year's Invasion crossover. I recently wrote about how almost a million viewers went elsewhere after The Flash… but here we have more people tuning in for the finale of a four-part series than any other portion.

According to TVLineCrisis on Earth-X averaged 2.7 mil/0.9 versus last year's Invasion episodes' 3.7 mil/1.3. This shows that heroes punching aliens is more popular than heroes punching Nazis. Could the dip in numbers between the two crossovers be attributed to the divisive political climate in the country? The writers did take the opportunity to showcase diversity in the crossover, starting out with the marriage of an interracial couple and then showing both a lesbian and a gay couple. And you can't do a story about Nazis without showing their bigotry against both the Jews and the LGBTQ. Did this subject matter drive away almost a million people from a show about superheroes and time-travel?

The response to the event has been very positive. It was extremely well written and made. It's filled with action, surprises, and fan service moments. So hopefully the close to 1 million people that watched Invasion but didn't tune in for Crisis actually plan to watch it On Demand this weekend… and not because they felt the subject matter was too political.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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