Supergirl Just Got Some Great News From CBS

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Supergirl’ Scores Full-Season Pickup at CBS.

According to Bleeding Cool, speedster Barry Allen and his fellow STAR Labs cohorts may pay a visit to Supergirl’s Kara Zor El in an episode of the coming-of-age superhero show. 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. CBS announced today an order for seven more episodes of SUPERGIRL, providing a full season of 20 episodes for the freshman drama that launched on Oct. 26. The network’s sign of confidence comes a month after Supergirl launched to a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers — making it the most-watched premiere of the fall season. A nine-episode back-order is traditional, but it’s a standard that’s increasingly being ignored, especially with shows like Code Black, which only got five more, and ABC’s Quantico, which got six with the option for more.

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. While the Marvel has been busy with its own universe covering both the TV world and movie world, DC on the other hand has been keeping its action hero projects rather a bit exclusive or mutually shared. 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.

This comes from Bleeding Cool and is in no way an official announcement of any sort, but supposedly The CW is in talks with CBS about a crossover between The Flash and Supergirl, and the latter’scontinued existence might even depend on this crossover happening. The network isn’t saying why the decision was made to only bump up the show from 13 to 20 episodes (instead of the traditional 22), but I wouldn’t be shocked if budget and/or ratings were taking in to consideration when CBS decided to sign on for more but not the most .

After debuting to almost 13 million viewers, Supergirl has lost part of its audience with each successive episode, managing 7.19 million the week of Thanksgiving. 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. In other respects, however, the series is right in line with outgoing Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler’s quest for more dramas with strong female leads to follow in the footsteps of series like The Good Wife, Madam Secretary and CSI: Cyber. 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.

The series stars Glee alum Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who was born on Krypton but has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin since arriving on Earth. The show has been doing a stable number of viewers in recent weeks, despite the fact that a couple of episodes aired out of order following the Paris attacks, which is good news for the series. 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. This discrepancy may endear her to critics but fans of the original comic character and what she initially stood for, goes completely goes 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. 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.

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.

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