Ratings: “Black Lightning” Season Finale Adds Viewers, Holds Steady In Demo

“Black Lightning” closes its first season with a week-over-week viewership gain.

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Going into Tuesday’s season finale, The CW’s “Black Lightning” had been demonstrating remarkable consistency in the ratings.

Even though they faced varying competition and sometimes aired without lead-in support from “The Flash,” the past eight episodes all drew the same 0.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.

The consistency continued with the finale. According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, Tuesday’s “Black Lightning” drew a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

It averaged 1.69 million overall viewers, topping the 1.54 million viewer mark attained by the previous episode.

While “Black Lightning” has not been a ratings phenom, it has been a strong performer by CW standards. That contextual strength — and week-to-week stability — certainly justifies the network’s decision to order a second season.

— Tuesday’s CW lineup also included “The Flash,” which drew a 0.6 rating and 1.87 million viewers (versus a 0.6 and 1.82 million last week).

Written by Brian Cantor

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