The next two DC series returned to The CW last night, as DC's Legends of Tomorrow went to its new night, Tuesdays, following The Flash returning in its regular timeslot and night. That move went well for The CW, despite both shows actually returning in lower than usual ratings marks.
Legends of Tomorrow at 1.8 million viewers and a .6 demo rating was down in both categories from the fall finale, which sat at 1.97 and a .7 demo. However, there's a silver lining for Legends, because it was a huge win over No Tomorrow, which held this time slot in the fall, doubling the demo and pulling in a million extra total viewers. That's a huge improvement for The CW, so if Riverdale can hold strong or outperform Legends on Thursdays, it's good news for the network all around.
The Flash doesn't have as much to be happy about, sadly, as the return of the show saw series lows in both categories. At 2.7 million total viewers, it tied the series low and lost 400,000 viewers from the fall finale. The .9 demo rating was a new series low and the first time it held a demo under 1.0, .3 off from the fall.
Over on ABC, the other of three Tuesday night superhero shows, Agents of SHIELD, held with 2.02 million viewers, nearly identical to last week, and went up to a .7 in demo rating, an improvement over last week's series low.
This week will likely cue the series of "is the superhero TV bubble bursting" stories, but that's likely not the case. With increased news coverage due to the new president's first week and this being the first week back for the shows, those two factors likely resulted in what we see here. Next week's live ratings and the +3 and +7 ratings as news of the shows returning builds will tell a much truer story about all of their futures. The CW has already renewed all of their superhero series for next year.