CBS confirms full season, back episodic pick-up for “Supergirl” despite downward ratings trend.
That means fans of the show can expect to see 20 episodes of “Supergirl,” which interestingly is not the usual 22 episodes that networks order. Could this be because of the cost risk of additional episodes versus potential ratings; or perhaps because the premiere episode aired late in the fall season? Networks generally order more episodes for shows that have promise, and this less than full order could be a sign of mixed confidence in “Supergirl’s” future. However, Deadline is reporting that networks have been using the term of full order pick-up to mean anything over the initial 13 episode order of shows.
The executive producer, Greg Berlanti, who also produces “Arrow” and “The Flash” has had mostly positive reviews from TV and fan critics as well decent ratings that include 11.2 million viewers on average for the show. However, the live, same day ratings for the show have been inconsistent and mostly less over time while the DVR ratings have increased especially for the 18-49 viewership. The ratings seem to send mixed messages on the over-all performance of the show’s success. Based on last year, when the network featured their “comedy block,” the time slot with “Supergirl” is way up.
This time a year ago CBS’s ratings were comparatively down from what “Supergirl” has managed to score with an increase of +46% in overall viewership and +40% in ages 18-49. So, that’s a definite win for the network, and the show. Further, the show scores extremely high amid TV critics from Rotten Tomatoes with 97%; while fans give it a very low score from the same website of 51% liking the show. Again, a mixed bag.
The overall consensus from fans on Rotten Tomatoes is that Melissa Benoist is fantastic as Supergirl/Kara Danvers, but at the same time the story is weak. Perusing close to a thousand user ratings from those who took the time to comment, it seems to indicate the character “Danvers” is portrayed as too feminine, -as in seeking or worried too much about receiving approval from her family members. While the comic book character was written much stronger willed and imposing. This discrepancy may endear her to critics but fans of the original comic character and what she initially stood for, goes completely against her original story-line (according to fan comments). However, with more episodes ordered her character may be flushed out more, and these early episodes would then be considered more as character building and lead up to a more powerful and strong-willed female super hero.
As far as CBS in approving more episodes, they obviously read between the lines, and believe in the show for at least a continuation of the first season. No news yet for a season two pick-up. Guessing that if the overall fan ratings, and viewership improves the show will squeak by with a season 2 order, especially since the ratings for its time slot have been a huge improvement from what aired in that same spot last year.
Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter executive produce for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series, based on the characters from DC Comics, stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and Jeremy Jordan with David Harewood and Calista Flockhart.
CBS’s also confirmed via press releases their orders for more episodes for new series drama “Limitless” and comedy “Life In Pieces,” plus 5 more episodes for drama “Code Black.”