The CW’s premiere of Superman & Lois launched the network’s seventh Arrowverse series, and the super-sized premiere already indicates that the network could have its next hit. Based on the lives of the Man of Steel himself, Clark Kent, and the world’s most famous journalist, Lois Lane, Superman & Lois is shaping up to be a great addition.
According to TVLine, Superman & Lois’ 90-minute premiere event averaged 1.71 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating. The first hour delivered The CW’s largest audience in that time slot in two years, since Episode 12 of The Flash Season 5. Although the series did not match Walker’s premiere audience, which debuted to 2.44 million viewers, Superman & Lois delivered The CW’s second-largest season or series premiere audience since Batwoman in fall of 2019.
Fans have been sharing their reactions to the new series on Twitter as well, and many of them are positive. One fan says that it's his favorite pilot since The Flash in 2014. He writes:
While this isn’t the first Superman series The CW has done, this is the first one that actually has Superman as Superman. The network’s hit Smallville, starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, centered around Clark’s life before he became the Man of Steel. Superman & Lois will take place in Smallville as well, introducing the first Arrowverse versions of characters that were known on Smallville and in the comic books. Another user said Superman & Lois was some of the best Superman content they’ve ever gotten:
While comic book portrayals can go either way, eagle-eyed fans have been pointing out plenty of Easter Eggs and nods to the Superman comics and the similarities the show draws from them. In one of the first scenes of the series, a little boy comments on Superman’s suit, to which Clark replies that his mom made it for him. Another Twitter user used a side-by-side comparison of the scene and a frame from one of the Superman comics with the same line!
And although Superman & Lois is a superhero show, it doesn’t shy from involving family, much like the other Arrowverse shows, or talking about everyday issues that teenagers deal with, such as social anxiety or trying to make the football team. One Twitter user especially appreciated this aspect of the premiere: