I am not knocking Flash, I like the show a lot and I am one of the few who defends it constantly in the thread
Point is CW rating standards are much lower than than of CBS, NBC and ABC, look at Supernatural on it's 678th season.
So if your ABC show is matching or being beat by a CW show in ratings then you have bigger problems and if it weren't connected to such a big blockbuster films it would have been cancelled long ago.
Not saying every show has to pull 20m viewers either, not at all, you misreading what I am writing, that was an example of why there are big bucks on big ratings on these tv shows. No way in hell did I say they go to pull in 20m but AoS debut with 11m-14m? And it plummeted to 3m-4m by the season 2 finale? That is a huge drop off.