CW's 'Black Lightning' Highest Rated Series Premiere for Network in 2 Years


CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ Highest Rated Series Premiere for Network in 2 Years

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The CW’s “Black Lightning,” DC’s superhero drama with a predominately African-American cast, premiered to tremendous fanfare last night.

Deadline writes:

The CW continues its streak of strong midseason launches. The network’s newest DC series, Black Lightning, debuted last night to 2.3 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+same day). It held 100% of its The Flash lead-in in both 18-49 and 18-34 (0.6).

This was the CW’s highest rated new series premiere in two years, since another DC midseason entry, Legends of Tomorrow. It was +34% ahead of last season’s midseason debut of Riverdale in total viewers and +33% in A18-49 (0.8/3). Black Lightning also was up significantly from the last new series premiere in the post-Flash Tuesday 9 PM slot, No Tomorrow, which drew a 0.5 in 18-49 in fall 2016 with a 1.2 lead-in from The Flash in the fast nationals for a 42% retention.

At 8 PM, The Flash (2.47 million, 0,8), returned from hiatus up +12% from its last original in total viewers and even in 18-49.

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  1. Ms. Jackson

    January 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    This show is good as sh-t. Hopefully that will continue.

  2. Tasha

    January 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I like this show so far. I just don’t like that it comes on at the same time as Blackish.

  3. Bee

    January 17, 2018 at 8:26 pm


  4. Jordans Memory

    January 18, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I enjoyed it. Seems like they touched on some real issues for a super hero movie.

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