It was a network bloodbath this week as Castle, The Muppets, Galavant, The Grinder, and more found themselves cancelled by their networks. Some cuts were a surprise, others a disappointment (tell us it isn’t so Peggy Carter), and others, such as Supergirl, were only nearly axed for a short time before finding themselves resurrected on another network.
A New Network for Supergirl
While rumors abounded on whether or not the CBS super hero series would be renewed or not, there were also whispers that Supergirl may just find itself moving from its original home to The CW (which is owned by CBS). A move that makes sense when you consider how well shows such as The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow have done recently, and Smallville did in the past.
As of this week, those rumors have been laid to rest, as it was announced that Supergirl would be coming back for a second season, and that second season will air on The CW. The move should not only please fans of the series who didn’t want to lose it, but those that loved the recent Supergirl/The Flash crossover event, as more of those will likely happen in the future now that the shows share a home.
Supergirl premiered on CBS in late October 2015, after being picked up in May 2015. It stars Melissa Benoist as the title character and was created by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe, Arrow, The Flash). The show follows the adventures of Supergirl/Kara as she takes on human, metahuman, and Kryptonian villains, tries (and not always succeeds) to hide her true identity, and discovers her own path as a superhero.
While critics and fans have loved the series almost from the start, it has struggled to find a large enough viewership to keep its place in the primetime lineup of one of the Big Three networks. Ratings have been better than average for the 18-49 demographic, but it has not done well up against shows airing at the same time on NBC and ABC (such as Dancing with the Stars and The Amazing Race). It also dropped nearly 50% in ratings over the course of the season.
But while it may not have been a perfect fit for it’s original network, The CW seems like the kind of place where Supergirl can really find viewership. With a slate of shows skewing toward younger audiences and families, as well as an existing roster of comicbook themed series, the peppy heroine should do well in her new home.