CBS Gives ‘Supergirl’ A Full Season

While some were a bit worried that the series might not get the standard back order of episodes, due to the dropping ratings, CBS has assuaged those fears today.  The network has finally committed to a full season order for “Supergirl“, making it the fourth superhero series from Greg Berlanti & Co. to do so.  It follows the team’s series on The CW that have already achieved such a feat: “Arrow“, “The Flash“, and “Legends of Tomorrow” (which debuts later, but already has a full season in the bag).  Behold the press release…

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. CBS has now given additional episode orders to all four of its new fall series – SUPERGIRL, LIFE IN PIECES, LIMITLESS and CODE BLACK.

SUPERGIRL currently averages 11.24 million viewers, 2.8/08 in adults 18-49 and 3.5/09 in adults 25-54. The series has improved the year ago time period by +46% in viewers, +40% in adults 18-49 and +25% in adults 25-54.

SUPERGIRL stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and Jeremy Jordan with David Harewood and Calista Flockhart. Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. SUPERGIRL is based on the characters from DC Comics.

This is good news, although if you’ve been keeping up on the latest rumors surrounding the series, you know that some changes are coming.  First off, in an effort to boost ratings, Superman is coming to the show.  We’re hearing that CBS wants more of the Man of Steel on the series and they will get their wish, albeit in an unexpected way (at least at first).

It also appears that while the producers had previously squashed the idea of crossovers between “Supergirl” and their shows on The CW…at least for the first season…they’ve changed their minds.  This also appears to be happening sooner in an effort to stabilize the show’s ratings, but regardless of motive, The Flash (Grant Gustin) will reportedly be racing into National City for an episode this spring.

Here’s hoping both of these events pay off not only in terms of ratings, but narratively as well.  I like this show and although I don’t think it is as strong as “The Flash” or “Arrow” overall, I would like to see it continue.  That said, I don’t want them chocking in tons of other heroes at the expense of the show’s existing story or characters.  Will it work and score the show a second season?  I guess we’ll find out over the course of the next few months…