The CW has been on a long-overdue winning streak this season: After the ratings success of The Flash and the critical and awards acclaim of Jane the Virgin, now here comes the network’s attempt to break into the popular walking dead genre with iZombie.
Out of the gate, the show didn’t recieve quite as much sampling as the network surely hoped. The series had 2.3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 (compared to its lead-in, The Flash, pulling 3.6 million and a 1.2 rating). That’s on par with the season average of Supernatural in this slot, though one hopes even a CW premiere will pop above a 1.0. Reviews were largely favorable, with EW‘s Jeff Jensen writing the show “injects fresh life into the increasingly staid genre of supernatural TV.”
iZombie wasn’t the only premiere Tuesday night: NBC rolled out new comedies Undateable (6.5 million, 1.9) and One Big Happy (5.6 million, 1.6). Reviews on those two were less positive, both averaging below 50 percent on Metacritic (especially One Big Happy, which one critic dubbed “one big pile of something“). Undateable dropped pretty sharply from its The Voice (12.5 million, 3.1) lead-in, but a 1.9 rating isn’t considered too terrible for a comedy this season.