CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ Highest Rated Series Premiere for Network in 2 Years
The CW’s “Black Lightning,” DC’s superhero drama with a predominately African-American cast, premiered to tremendous fanfare last night.
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.