Black Lightning Debuts to Strong Ratings

The CW's Black Lightning appears to have struck a chord with viewers, earning strong ratings in its Tuesday series debut.

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The series premiere retained the audience of its lead-in The Flash, earning 2.31 million viewers and a 0.8/3 rating among adults age 18-49.

Although the show lagged behind NBC's This Is Us, ABC's Black-ish, Fox's LA to Vegas and CBS's NCIS: New Orleans, Black Lightning's debut had the best rating for a series premiere on The CW since Legends of Tomorrow bowed in January 2016.

Based on the DC Comics property, Black Lightning tells the story of Jefferson Pierce, who retired as Black Lightning after the life of a vigilante became too much of a burden on his family life. Almost a decade later, Jefferson, now a high school principal, must don the costume yet again to fight the evil gang known as The One Hundred. The series premiere has met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as his younger daughter Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as his older daughter Anissa Pierce, Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Damon Gupton as Henderson, Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias Whale and Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi.

(via TV By The Numbers)

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