Ratings: “Black Lightning” Premiere Fares Well, Matches “The Flash” In Demo

“Black Lightning” matched its “The Flash” lead-in among adults 18-49.

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While it remains to be seen how “Black Lightning” will fare in the weeks ahead, it definitely got off to a promising start.

According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, Tuesday’s premiere drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 2.31 million overall viewers.

“Black Lightning” matched its (immensely compatible) lead-in “The Flash” among adults 18-49. It nearly did so in overall viewership (2.47 million viewers for “The Flash”).

The numbers will almost certainly position “Black Lightning” as The CW’s second-most-watched program for the week.

They also markedly top the third season averages of “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow,” which occupied the Tuesday at 9PM timeslot this fall.

Written by Brian Cantor

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