Powerless Superhero Sitcom Debuts to Not So Super Ratings

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NBC’s “Powerless” is off to a bit of a rocky start. The show, which is set in the DC Universe of Earth-P and deals with the practicality of everyday people living in a world teeming with superheroes and supervillains, attracted just 3.1 million viewers for its debut. That’s not a terrible premiere by any means, but neither is it a reason for celebration, either.

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“Powerless” is the first sitcom based on character from DC Comics. The show stars Vanessa Hudgens as the head of research and development at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises—the company owned by Bruce Wayne, the Gotham billionaire who moonlights as the vigilante Batman. Wayne Security specializes in selling products that make the normal, everyday denizens of the DC Comics universe feel safe in a world punctuated by the occasional supervillain-devised cataclysm.

The debut episode, “Wayne or Lose,” saw Locke hired to Wayne Security and immediately become demoralized at the reality of corporate culture. Her team was spurred to action by an announcement from Van Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s cousin, played by Alan Tudyk of “Firefly” fame, that the company would be shut down if it could not produce useful products.

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Airing weekly on NBC at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, “Powerless” stars Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk, Ron Funches and Alan Tudyk. The next episode, “Wayne Dream Team,” airs February 9.

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