Supergirl's Ratings Have Finally Stopped Dropping

Supergirl had a giant fall premiere at the end of October, pulling in a massive 3.1 rating and a slew of viewers. Unfortunately those numbers dropped and dropped again in the weeks that followed. However, this week, we’re happy to report that the sloughing off of viewers has stopped, as Supergirl leveled off and has even ticked up a notch in the ratings. That’s right, this week’s big episode of Supergirl drew a 1.8 rating over at CBS.

Last week, the show did a 1.7 rating share in the 18-49 advertising demographic, so the up tick was only by .1. Still, that’s great news for Supergirl, as the show has seen a loss in viewers for the last several weeks. According to TV By The Numbers, a total of 7.87 million viewers tuned in. This means the series still lost out to NBC’s The Voice--which dominated with a 3.1 rating—and Blindspot--which nabbed a healthy 2.1 rating—but the show also jumped ahead of CBS’ fan-favorite series Scorpion, which the show wasn’t able to do last week.

Because of all of the hype and a really nice Big Bang Theory lead-in that first week, Supergirl had a particularly high-rated freshman premiere. It wasn’t a huge shock when a chunk of viewers decided the series wasn’t for them after the premiere—especially since the show didn’t have the nice lead-in anymore. However, it was a bit more shocking last week, when Supergirl saw another giant drop in viewership. And while the number of total viewers did fall a wee bit again this week, the encouraging thing is that the numbers mostly seem to have leveled out. Plus, the viewers who seem to be sticking around seem to largely be comprised of people in the 18-49 demographic, so the CBS drama has that going for it.

People seem to be really torn on their feelings related to Supergirl. The show has a staunch fanbase that enjoys the tone and thinks Melissa Benoist is perfect for the titular character. A lot of people also disagree with both of those ideas and probably won’t be back to catch a new episode anytime soon. Whether you like the show or hate it, it’s really cool that CBS launched a series around a female superheroine and has brought that heroine to network TV. Now, if Supergirl can continue to maintain these ratings as it moves forward, hopefully, we’ll get the chance to see what the show can do for a long time to come.

CBS’ Supergirl airs on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET. If you haven’t caught the show yet, here’s why you should give it a shot.

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