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DC Week is officially underway, and we could not be more excited. The Arrow-verse crossover technically commenced with Supergirl on Monday night, but it really kicked into high gear with last night's episode of The Flash. With all of our favorite small screen DC heroes coming together for their annual adventure, the Heroes vs. Aliens showdown has proven incredibly popular with audiences. In fact, the early numbers are in, and it seems that The Flash absolutely crushed it in the ratings last night.

A victim of shaky numbers in recent weeks, The Flash experienced some insanely strong ratings coming out of last night's crossover event. The episode drew in roughly 4.09 million viewers, according to the report from TV By The Numbers, allowing the Scarlett Speedster's solo series to hit a season high in terms of viewership. If nothing else, this seems like huge sign of confidence for the current state of the crossover, and all eyes are on the Emerald Archer's series to continue that momentum when The Flash passes off the baton to Arrow for this evening's episode of the Heroes vs. Aliens crossover.

This season high for "Invasion!" is also the biggest audience The Flash has had since the first half of Season 1, and it's made all the more impressive when we look at the rest of The Flash's third season. Barry Allen's solo series has experienced something of a ratings down-tick since the beginning of the fall season, and the crossover managed to garner roughly one million more viewers than The Flash's season premiere; considering premieres are generally the highest-rated episodes of any given year, that's crazy. A major crossover event is not necessarily a workable panacea for long-term ratings woes, but it definitely shows that The Flash hasn't slowed down too much just yet, especially when he's surrounded by teammates.

One of the absolute best qualities of last night's episode of The Flash was the way in which it really brought the entire Arrow-verse together. Monday night's episode of Supergirl didn't really do much crossover work until its final moments, but The Flash brought everyone together quickly and efficiently. (For comparison's sake, Supergirl's crossover was its most-watched episode on The CW so far.) Storylines that have been brewing for the entire season, with Flashpoint being the most important, finally culminated in a gloriously massive installment that brought the sheer size of The CW's DC universe into perspective. Honestly, the Arrow-verse is almost completely unrecognizable when compared to the early days of Arrow's first season, and I mean that in the most flattering way possible.

With the DC Week crossover on very solid footing thanks to The Flash, fans' eyes are on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow to bring the whole thing home. The Flash airs every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST, and The CW's DC crossover will continue tonight on Arrow at 8 p.m. EST. For more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated television debuts yet to come, make sure to check out our comprehensive midseason premiere guide and fill our your TV viewing schedules accordingly.

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