Supergirl has taken flight on CBS and she’ll continue fighting off aliens and other villains who want to destroy National City well into 2016. The network has announced that the freshman superhero drama is being picked up for a full season.
After initially receiving 13 episodes, the standard for new shows, CBS has now ordered seven more episodes, bringing season 1’s total up to 20. Even though a full season order is usually at least 22 episodes, CBS is considered this to be a full season for Supergirl.
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The series premiere of Supergirl drew in 13 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo — matching Blindspot’s launch. Subsequent episodes have not fared quite as well, bringing in anywhere from 7.19 million to 8.87 million viewers, with the most recent episode being the lowest-rated episode so far.
According to CBS, though, the series is averaging 11.24 million viewers, and the network notes that Supergirl has improved the timeslot from a year ago by 46% in viewers and 40% in the demo.
Airing a superhero series is new territory for CBS. Hopefully, the network execs will give it a chance to stabilize and earn a second season. For now, though, at least fans can get excited that we’re getting a full first season.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, who embraces her super powers and sets out to keep National City safe from not just criminals, but also aliens from Krypton. The series also stars Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood.
Are you excited that Supergirl is getting a full season order? Has the series lived up to your expectations? And what are you hoping to see in the rest of season 1?
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm on CBS.
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