The CW has already introduced two new dramas, this season, but neither Valor nor Dynasty have done very well in the ratings. It is the littlest network’s DC Comics-inspired TV series which usually save the day (along with some heavy lifting by Sam and Dean Winchester, as well as Archie and the gang). Will the Black Lightning TV show fit in well with its super-powered sister series? Can it light up the Nielsens? Will Black Lightning be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
Based on the DC Comics character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, James Remar, Damon Gupton, Christine Adams, and Marvin Jones III. The CW superhero drama centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). While he once waged a vigilante war against crime — using the masked persona “Black Lightning”— Pierce retired years ago and now serves as the principal of a charter high school. Crime and corruption are running amok, now that The One Hundred — a dangerous gang — has the city in its grasp. Endowed with the amazing ability to harness and control electricity, Black Lightning jumps back into action. Now his city stands a fighting chance, but at what cost to his family?
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Black Lightning TV series on The CW? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
4/2/18 update: The CW has renewed Black Lightning for season two for the 2018-19 season. Details here.
Great superhero show for everybody to enjoy
Love this show . I am so ready for season two !!!!
They ruined one of my fav comics with this show… This SJW push and focus on his daughter… could have been such a good show.
I don’t understand the hate in the comments. Black Lightning is an amazing show! The characters are great, the writing is great, it talks about real issues and has great LGBT+ & black representation. I mean, come on, what more could you ask for? If it’s not your thing fair enough but it’s an amazing show and deserves many more seasons.
Renew! Don’t be fooled. The reason this show has low ratings is because it’s not being marketed properly. You didn’t have to watch CW to hear about Arrow, Flash, or Supergirl because it was advertised all over the place. But barely anyone has even heard of Black Lightning and it’s because the network, like most studios in America do not back productions with primarily black casts/audiences. The truth is, black people aren’t watching the CW and this show appeals more to to that demographic. The network lazily advertised to its typical audience who, for the most part, feel uncomfortable with… Read more »
l LOVE THIS SHOW!! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE MORE ON SEASON TWO !! BLACK LIGHTNING IS THE BEST !!! ⚡⚡⚡