CBS announced on Monday, Nov. 30 that it has given “Supergirl” a full season. The network has ordered seven more episodes of the series, bringing the total to 20 episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The DC comics adaptation, created by “Arrow” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti, stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, but now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. The show co-stars Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan and David Harewood.
Entertainment Weekly reports that “Supergirl” has averaged 11.24 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the coveted adults 18–49 demographic, up 46 percent in total viewers and 40 percent in the demo for the same time period last season. However, the show’s ratings have declined since debuting to 12.9 million viewers and a 3.1 demo rating when it became the most-watched series premiere of the fall season. According to Variety, its most recent episode drew a series low of 7.19 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, putting it on par with what the network did a year ago with a new episode of “2 Broke Girls” and a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” and matching the young-adult audience of CW’s “The Flash,” while barely edging out Fox’s “Gotham” in the young adult demo.
“Supergirl” is just the latest in a trend of super hero-inspired series on the broadcast networks, following the success of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, “Agent Carter” and “Gotham.” It’s also in line with CBS’ outgoing Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler’s quest for more dramas with strong female leads, following in the footsteps of “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife” and “CSI: Cyber.” The full-season order marks just the latest victory for Berlanti, whose freshman drama “Blindspot” has already been renewed for season 2 by NBC. He’s also behind the Debra Messing procedural “Mysteries of Laura” and has the upcoming “Arrow” and “Flash” spinoff “Legends of Tomorrow,” which debuts on the CW in January.
“Supergirl” joins the network’s other three first-year series to get more episodes, including “Limitless,” “Code Black” and “Life in Pieces.” The series airs Mondays at 8/7 p.m. CT on CBS.