The CW is the home of several superhero dramas, including Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash. The latest addition to the lineup, Black Lightning, recently debuted to strong numbers, already breaking an impressive record for the network.
The DC Comics-based series snagged 2.31 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This made it highest-viewed for any non-crossover episode of TV in the 9 p.m. Tuesday night slot this season. It was also the most-watched series premiere for The CW since Legends of Tomorrow debuted in 2016.
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Development on the series began in September 2016, when Fox ordered a pilot production commitment. In February 2017, Fox passed on the series and it was picked up by The CW with a new script for the pilot, according to Variety.
Black Lightning first popped onto the scene as DC Comics’ first African-American superhero back in 1977. He was born with an ability to generate and control lightning. Singer Jill Scott is scheduled to appear as DC villain Lady Eve later in the season.