The CW’s latest superhero series Black Lightning is looking to be both a critical and ratings hit for the network, and the pilot boasted the network’s highest-rated premiere in two years.
TV Line reports Black Lightning’s pilot episode, “The Resurrection,” scored 2.31 million total viewers and a very solid 0.8 demo rating, the network’s best series premiere in two years behind the launch of Legends of Tomorrow (3.2 million/1.2 demo rating). The premiere buzz also helped propel its lead-in The Flash to some excellent ratings (The Flash remains one of the network’s biggest hits), with Barry Allen’s murder trial scoring 2.47 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating.
Where The CW’s superhero shows typically skew toward the world-ending stakes, Black Lightning is a decidedly small-scale affair. That tighter focus helps Black Lighting stand out from its network (and genre) brethren, focusing on a retired hero jumping back into the fray to protect his family. Of course, it’s also the first network superhero show of the modern era to focus on a black hero (hitting on some of the same territory as Netflix’s Luke Cage). It’s a story we haven’t seen much of in the genre on television these days and it seems viewers were eager to check it out.
Critics have been absolutely loving Black Lightning in the wake of its premiere on Tuesday night, and the 13-episode first season continues Tuesday nights on The CW.
(Via TV Line)