Supergirl hits new heights for the CW on big debut
CBS moved ‘Supergirl’ to the CW for the second season, where she will find a new home alongside her fellow DC superheroes ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash.’ The move may have been risky, but it seems to have paid off well for the network.
This week “Supergirl” became the CW’s most-watched show in the time period, breaking a record that stood for almost eight years, the previous record-holder was ‘Gossip Girl’ back in December 2008. The show also brought in the best audience of adults, ranging from 18-49, in six-years for the same time period. That previous record went to the 90210 back in December 2010.
The super-debut had an estimated 3.024M viewers, an amazing number for Monday at 8pm on the network. This according to preliminary fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research for October 10, 2016.
Compared to the same week last season (10/12/15, series premiere of ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ Supergirl more than tripled the network’s performance in total viewers and all key demos. If you compare the debut to last season’s time period averages on CBS, Supergirl was +246% in total viewers, +200% in adults 18-34, and +267% in adults 18-49. Compared to last season’s season finale on CBS, SUPERGIRL rose +29% in adults 18-34.
Supergirl ranked #3 in its time period in men 18-34 (0.9/4) and #3 (tie) in men 18-49, and #4 in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 (tie).
The series isn’t only making a new home on a new network this season, it also introduced Supergirl’s famous cousin Superman, into the cast.
If you haven’t binged on the show yet, it’s definitely worth checking out. The show is an action-adventure drama based on the DC character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
In the series twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
The show is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, SUPERGIRL is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler (“The New Normal,” “Glee”), Andrew Kreisberg (“The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”).