Nikita ratings obviously couldn’t compare to the NFL kickoff. But the Nikita ratings were solid by CW standards, with the Nikita ratings even outdrawing its lead in. The pilot for the new remake was part of a big doubleheader for the CW, which also brought back The Vampire Diaries for good measure. Since the network’s highest rated series was starting the night, its new Thursday night partner was expected to get a nice boost. But as it turned out, the Nikita ratings were even bigger than The Vampire Diaries, which is a very encouraging first sign.
Since the NFL kickoff was on last night, it was going to be the obvious ratings winner. The CW gets relatively low numbers compared to its network rivals, but that often doesn’t matter. What their largest shows lack in numbers, they make up for with passionate fanbases, as The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural prove.
The first Nikita ratings served as a promising sign, for a new show trying to get the same fanbase. At the 9 pm hour, the pilot episode got a 2.2/4 result, below the NFL and network repeats. However, it earned an estimated 3.57 million viewers overall.
That is the most notable of the Nikita ratings, since The Vampire Diaries Season 2 premiere only got 3.35 million viewers by comparison. For all the anticipation over that show’s return, it still attracted slightly less people than its first season finale did.
However, there is already an established fanbase for Nikita, as this is the fourth time this story is being told, and the second time on television. Luc Besson’s 1990 film, and the 1993 American remake, introduced Nikita as a female assassin fighting back against her old handlers. A late 90’s series on USA first brought her to television, and now the CW has gained custody of her.
The Nikita ratings from critics were solid, earning an average rating of 67 on Meta Critic. Much of the attention is on the new Nikita, Maggie Q, and her moves and wardrobe – or lack thereof. It stands to be a different take than those from Anne Parillaud, Bridget Fonda and Peta Wilson in the past.
The encouraging Nikita ratings are the icing on the cake for the CW, as they are the first network to debut and bring back new shows this year. They already had good numbers for their first new show, Hellcats, on Wednesday, and now their Thursday night block has opened strong.
Now the CW hopes that the numbers can stay good, or are at least well enough to attract another cult audience. Nikita will continue to follow The Vampire Diaries at 9 pm est each Thursday.
Hitfix- “TV Ratings: NBC’s NFL opener dominates CW’s solid Vampire Diaries, Nikita premieres”
Meta Critic- “Nikita: Season 1”