The rating received by the DC Comics-based TV show Black Lightning has given The CW its biggest premiere rating in the last two years. There has never been more interest generated by the superhero genre, and The CW is making the most of it. In the last few years, The CW has unveiled four DC shows on the small screen. The creation of Arrowverse, comprising Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, has provided The CW with big shows which can be depended on almost every night. Last night was the debut of their fifth DC-based TV show Black Lightning, which as of now is set outside the Arrowverse.
Black Lightning had generated a great deal of anticipation before its premiere as it brings forward more variations to The CW’s offerings, and also courtesy the cast and promotional materials of the show. The Black Lightning starred Cress Williams and promised a compelling family drama to accompany the superhero action. The pilot episode fulfilled the promise made by the promotional campaign and received mighty ratings for its content.
As per Variety, Black Lightning’s debut last night received such high ratings that it became The CW’s biggest premiere in the last two years. With a 0.9 rating in the age group of 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers, Black Lighting matched the impressive debut of Riverdale in 2017. The numbers are only bound to increase after DVR, and On Demand, views are taken into account.
It is quite remarkable to know that Black Lightning’s debut matched Riverdale, and it augurs well for the show’s continuity. The above mentioned shows are based on existing IP, and Riverdale is a favorite of the network. If Black Lightning maintains or improves its performance, then it would have a long run. And also once its longevity comes into play, The CW might consider making it a part of the Arrowverse.
While the numbers are really good, Black Lightning also happens to be the weakest DC launch for The CW. Arrow started with a 1.3 demo and 4.02 million viewers, back in 2012. The Flash bettered that with a 1.8 demo and 4.54 million viewers in 2014. Legends of Tomorrow had a 1.3 demo and 3.2 million viewers in 2016 whereas Supergirl’s Season 2 took off on The CW with 1.1 demo and 3 million viewers. One thing that must be noted here is that while Black Lightning has debuted in the 9 pm slot, all of the others released in the prime 8 pm slot.
Keeping aside comparisons with other shows, Black Lightning managed to nearly meet The Flash’s last night ratings. If it can stay at par with the fastest man alive, then The CW is most likely to have a long-term double dose of DC on Tuesday nights.
Black Lightning will continue next Tuesday with ‘The Book of Hope’ at 9 p.m. on The CW.