‘Black Lightning’ Off To Solid Ratings Start


The CW continues its streak os 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.

Elsewhere, Fox’s lineup ticked up with CBS switching to repeats. Lethal Weapon (1.2, 5 million) rose +0.2 to tie a demo season high while also drawing the largest audience of the season. LA to Vegas (0.9, 2.8 million) and The Mick (0.8, 2.3 million) both inched up a tenth.

At ABC, The Middle (1.4, 6.1 million) ticked up a tenth, while Fresh Off the Boat (1.0, 3.9 million), black-ish (1.0, 3.8 million) and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6, 2.56 million) held steady.

At NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games (2.2, 8.7 million) ticked up a tenth to match its second best delivery, while This Is Us (2.5, 9.8 million) slipped two tenths. Chicago Med (1.5, 7.9 million) was up a tenth in the demo to match a season high while hitting a viewership season high.

NBC swept all half-hours in 18-49 and topped Tuesday in both 18-49 and total viewers.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2018/01/black-lightning-premiere-ratings-lethal-weapon-chicago-med-season-high-1202244659/