Supergirl has only been airing on CBS for a month now, and already the show has been in the news a lot. This has happened mostly because the drama saw major ratings dips after its extremely high-rated premiere. However, in recent weeks Supergirl has stabilized quite a bit and today CBS sent some great news down the pipeline. In a press release, the network has announced that Supergirl has been given a slew of additional episodes. However, the show will fall a wee bit shy of a full 22-episode order. Here’s what’s happening.
On Monday, CBS announced it had ordered 7 more episodes of Supergirl. Since the initial order was for 13 episodes, we know that we’ll get 20 total episodes of the comic book-oriented drama during the 2015-2016 season. 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 Supergirl.
Still, the move is a vote of confidence for the new drama series. The network says Supergirl has improved the 8 p.m. timeslot on Monday nights over at the channel by 46%. In addition, it’s averaging 11.24 million total viewers, which is not too shabby. 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.
Freshman dramas over at CBS have looked pretty decent this fall. Limitless, based on the hit movie of the same name, earned a full 22-episode order at the end of October. Code Black also nabbed extra episodes a few weeks later, so it’s not like Supergirl is the only show to earn extra episodes but not a full season order. The CBS freshman comedy Life in Pieces is also sitting pretty with 22 episodes, as well.
While Supergirl hasn’t nabbed 22 episodes, fans can sit back a little easier knowing that things seem to be looking a little bit better for Supergirl in recent weeks. Following its premiere, the show dropped more than 30% and then dropped again in its third week. While those numbers still weren’t bad, if that trend had continued, we may not be invested in this article right now. Luckily, the program stabilized just a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it’ll even have an upward trajectory moving forward. There’s worse TV out there than watching a young woman with the ability to kick ass/fly.
You can catch new episodes of Supergirl on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET, only on CBS. In addition, here’s what is coming up at midseason.