The ratings are in as Tuesday night saw the return of Superman & Lois with Season 2 and the debut of the new DC show, Naomi, from Ava DuVernay.
Superman & Lois moved from its 9pm Tuesday timeslot to that of The Flash's 8pm timeslot, and Naomi debuted in that 9pm timeslot as well (The Flash moves to Wednesdays at 8pm).
The good news is that the ratings are pretty good, as Superman & Lois got a bump and the Superman fans seemed to carry over to Naomi, which was sort of an unofficial tie-in, I guess (more on that below).
The Superman & Lois Season 2 premiere at 8pm Tuesday saw 1.09 million people tune in, which is a lot better than the 670k that tuned in for the Season 1 finale at 9pm.
What remains to be seen, though, is if all those fans will return for subsequent episodes as the first episode of a new season is always watched by more people.
The Season 1 premiere was watched by 1.75 million people but the viewership dipped by 30% for the second episode and as the first season progressed, dipped a lot more, no thanks in part to how The CW creates a mess of its shows by putting them on hiatus.
The 1 million number for Superman & Lois Season 2 is also a lot better than The Flash's Season 8 premiere in the same timeslot by about 25%, so the move by The CW looks to have been the right call, just like I recommended.
Regarding The Flash, new episodes return on Wednesdays at 8pm starting March 9, so we'll have to keep an eye on the ratings to see if the change makes a difference. Season 8 is averaging around 700k viewers, so I think the show has run its course, and I am guessing it will get canceled, especially with the Ezra Miller movie coming out and not to mention AT&T is dumping The CW network, a network that has never made any money.
Naomi ratings not bad at all
Naomi, for its premiere, saw a healthy 802k viewers tune in, which I don't think is a bad number at all for a DC character that no one knows about. It's a lot better than the Batwoman numbers, and again, we'll have to wait and see if fans stick around for additional episodes.
Regarding the Superman thing, Naomi happens to be a huge Superman fan, but the actress playing the character, Kaci Walfall, seemed to say that Superman appearing in the series isn't the Tyler Hoechlin version and that the show exists in its own universe, which is something I found odd, as why not connect the two, especially considering Superman & Lois is the highest-rated DC show on The CW?
I know The CW promoted the two shows together (see below), so why not simply say they exist in the same universe? I get that maybe Tyler Hoechlin can't specifically appear on Naomi for whatever reason, but some sort of promo or interview could have simply cleared things up instead of the current confusion regarding what's going on with the Man of Steel (does DC really need four, five or six Superman versions???).
I was also pleasantly surprised that they didn't race swap the Superman in Naomi, as I thought certainly that DC and Hollywood wouldn't let a white dude inspire a black female character.
Watch promos below for both shows.