Ratings: Black Lightning off to great start; Lethal Weapon, LA to Vegas boost renewal odds

Black Lightning premiere ratings

We anticipated that the Black Lightning premiere ratings were going to be good; yet, we did not envision that the Cress Williams series would have the best start for a new CW series in the past two years.

Overall, the series premiere for the CW show ended up generating a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is better than the performance straight out of the gate of such shows like Riverdale, Dynasty, and many others. We anticipated that the superhero show would’ve had some following, especially since there are so few other network superhero shows with a largely-black cast. We do wonder if this performance makes it more or less likely that the show gets included in the Arrow-verse down the line; for now, we prefer that it actually stays out of it so it can build more of its own story.

Also impressive is that Black Lightning held the entirety of the lead-in that was present courtesy of The Flash. Doesn’t that bode well in terms of the series’ long-term future?

Overall, we would argue that Tuesday night was a rather good one when it comes to the performance of many different shows. For example, Lethal Weapon improved on its previous outing in posting a 1.2 ratings, while LA to Vegas boosted some of its own numbers significantly with a 1.2. If these shows could actually hold these numbers for much of the rest of the season, we’d start to be a little more optimistic about their respective futures. The problem that we foresee, at least for now, is that the two series happened to air on a night in which there wasn’t a new episode of NCIS or Bull on the air. There isn’t all that much in the way of evidence that they are going to be able to hold some of these said figures.

What do you think about the Black Lightning premiere ratings, and do you anticipate that we could also see some big things for Lethal Weapon and/or LA to Vegas in the future? Share now in the comments!

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