DC’s Legends of Tomorrow lifted the CW to its most-watched and highest-rated Thursday night in years.
The series premiere of Legends logged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, topping ABC and NBC in the 8 PM hour and landing the CW its highest time-period rating since The Vampire Diaries’ 100th episode on January 26, 2014. Legends posted a (0.8), coming in ahead of ABC’s Beyond The Tank and NBC’s Heroes Reborn in adults 18-34, and drew 3.14 million total viewers.
The Legends opener could not match the 2014 debut of the CW’s The Flash, which launched with 4.54 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Still, it was the network’s most-watched and highest-rated series premiere since The Flash, underscoring the continuing ratings potency of superhero franchises for the CW.
Buoyed by the strong Legends lead-in, The 100 (0.7 in 18-49, 1.98 million), which had its Season 3 premiere, scored its highest-rated episode in adults 18-49 since the series’ second episode on March 26, 2014, and its most-watched episode since April 23, 2014. Last season, the serialized drama also aired behind a DC series, veteran Arrow.
With Legends Of Tomorrow and The 100, the CW’s had highest-rated Thursday night in adults 18-49 (1.0) in two years and most watched (2.6 million) in more than three years.
On NBC, Shades Of Blue at 10 PM inched up a tenth to 1.4, winning the 10 PM slot, the network’s first in-season regular programming win against ABC and CBS originals in nearly six years. The Heroes Reborn finale (1.0/3) was flat.
ABC’s Beyond The Tank, in the 8-9 PM slot, drew 4.3 million viewers — up 5% from last week and a 2016 high — and a 1.0 in adults 18-49, even with last week. It outpaced NBC’s Heroes Reborn for the third consecutive week among total viewers (4.3 million vs. 3.8 million).
After Tank, ABC’s two-hour My Diet Is Better Than Yours (0.7) was up a tenth.
Fox’s American Idol (2.4, 9.3 million) wrapped the auditions round with a two-tenths uptick in 18-49, delivering a nightly win for the network in 18-49 and total viewers.