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‘The 100’ and DC’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Kick Off The CW’s Strongest Thursday Line-Up in Three Years

The CW has been transforming its programming and diversifying its targeted audience and explored genres for a few years now. Through these years, it has taken the emerging network quite a few trials and errors to put together strong line-ups throughout the week. While The CW’s Thursday night spot has been ruled by The Vampire Diaries since its premiere in 2009 (recently joined by its spin-off The Originals), the network finally switched up its Thursdays by putting the newest DC production Legends of Tomorrow followed by the returning post-apocalyptic drama The 100 in the line-up instead.

The move was hardly surprising considering the decline in overall Thursday ratings for The CW in the past few seasons, but it was still a bold move to switch up a years old veteran show’s signature spot. However, after the successful series premiere of Legends of Tomorrow followed by a triumphant return of the third season of The 100, it seems that the CW made a wise choice indeed.

While the two shows might seem drastically different on the surface, they seem to pair up well as reflected in the ratings. Legends of Tomorrow’s premiere earned a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 adults demo with a total viewership of 3.14 million. The 100‘s season premiere delivered a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo with a total viewership of 1.98 million,. The two time-slots combined gave The CW it’s most-watched Thursday night in over three years.

The CW seems to have found its footing in the Thursday line-up. But the real question is whether this line-up and these shows can retain their premiere numbers in the upcoming weeks, especially when the ratings giant, ABC’s ‘TGIT’ Shondaland line-up, returns in February.

As always, leave us your thoughts and predictions about the ratings in the comment section below!

Written by Amna Shabbir

Amna is an absolute geek for television and movies. When she is not freaking out over fictional characters and TV shows, she is found writing poetry and original fiction, and occasionally trying her hand at acting. She enjoys good food and good music, and hopes to one day be a successful actress and writer.

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