SHILO’S PREDICTIONS: 8:00 The Flash; 9:00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
CRAIG’S PREDICTIONS: 8:00 The Flash; 9:00 Riverdale
ACTUAL SCHEDULE: 8:00 The Flash; 9:00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
SHILO: This makes sense to me. The CW wants to put a known quantity with inherent compatibility behind The Flash after the inexplicable No Tomorrow (RIP) scheduling last season, both for the raw ratings it will generate and the opportunity to keep a good slot warm for Black Lightning. The CW doesn’t want more than four comic shows to air at once, so the cleanest way to do that while holding Black Lightning for midseason and ensuring that Black Lightning gets the Flash lead-in is using Legends at 9:00. It’s nice that The CW did this even with This Is Us moving to Thursdays, so I think Black Lightning is their big bet for this season, which, judging from the trailer, seems like an understandable move. There’s the added bonus that the only drama in the hour is CBS’s Bull, so Legends will be in a great situation this fall and if compatibility will bolster its Flash lead-in, so will Black Lightning come midseason.
CRAIG: Keeping The Flash on Tuesdays at 8 was the most obvious choice of the Fall 2017 schedule but I was surprised they didn’t try to use the lead-in on something new or something new-ish. (Also, I really hope The Flash is more accessible next year, without the speed force/dimensional travel type stuff and getting back to basics.) DC’s Legends of Tomorrow did pretty well flying after The Flash this Spring, and I wouldn’t be shocked if this is where Black Lightning lands at midseason. I still would have liked for Riverdale to get the exposure, but I’m very intrigued by what The CW does have in store for that show…