BLACK LIGHTNING Scores CW's Highest Debut In Two Years

Joanna Estrada
January 20, 2018

As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning (Cress Williams) back?

With an opening average of 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, Black Lightning ranks last on the list in both total viewers and in the coveted 18-49 age demo graphic.

The episode was written by Salim Akil and directed by Oz Scott.

Today's "Black Lightning" takes place in Freeland, a fictional city with a skyrocketing crime rate, courtesy of a large gang called the 100. His eyes thrum with electric-blue anger when he learns of a fresh outrage committed against his family or one of his students. It's a powerful fantasy, particularly in the Black Lives Matter era, to call on extreme heroics and vigilantism to deliver a message that will get heard.

While those numbers were enough to give The CW a series of rating highs and is sure to help Black Lightning secure a quick renewal, its numbers are not quite as strong when compared with the series premiere numbers of The CW's various Arrowverse dramas which began their respective runs with much stronger numbers.

Performers include: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, James Remar, Damon Gupton, Christine Adams, and Marvin Jones III. As the father of two young women, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), Jefferson is content to keep the past in the past. Music has been less of a significant presence in the second season than it was the first, although the feel of Black Lightning was shaped by its soundtrack even if the musicians themselves are not series regulars. He's back because he's a fascinating character all on his own.

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