In its first year, the Supergirl TV show was a middling performer on CBS. In its second season, after moving to The CW, it was one of that network’s best ratings earners, even though its numbers dropped by well over 50% in both the demo and total audience size. As the “littlest network,” The CW’s expectations differ, and its younger-skewing audience tends to avail itself of streaming and delayed viewing options more often. In its third season, will this superhero drama continue to soar? Will Supergirl be cancelled or renewed for season four? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
Based on the DC Comics character, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, Calista Flockhart, Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, and Katie McGrath. The CW action-adventure centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist), the cousin of Kal-El, i.e. Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). To remain safe from Krypton’s destruction, Kara grew up on Earth, as Kara Danvers, a human. For years, she kept her powers a secret. Now, as an adult, she works at CatCo Worldwide Media and also for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a super-secret government organization whose mission is to keep National City – and the Earth – safe from sinister threats.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The second season of Supergirl on The CW averaged a 0.73 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.36 million total viewers (Live+SD).
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Supergirl TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on The CW?
*4/2/18 update: The CW has ordered a fourth season of Supergirl for the 2018-19 season. Details here.
It really should have been canceled. After how bad the series has been going and with the abysmal turn they have taken for Season 5 it would have been far better to go out with a shred of quality rather then destroy everything.
Season 3 was the worst, I’ve been a fan from the beginning, but this season, the writing was just horrible. For the first time, I’m not looking forward to the next season! We have opinions too, and you are being told you can’t have one unless you love everything about the show. That’s not right!
Supergirl is garbage. I quit watching early in the 2nd season because the writing got so bad and they ended up forgetting the show is supposed to be about Supergirl, not promoting an SJW agenda. I know several other people who quit watching in season 2 as well.
Not every show is intended for trump supporters. I like it because it does call those people out.
The 6-10 millions of viewers who fled the show has the opposite opinion. If you disrespect the fans, you lose them. See what happened to Solo and the TLJ.
Remember that this show debuted to 12 million viewers on CBS. But even without the politics, the show is just a cheesy adult power ranger show.
first of all the avg on CBS was 7 million viewers. 12 million was just for the season 1 premiere. 2nd The show lost viewers because it moved to the CW. it’s one of the smallest broadcast networks. Top rated shows on the CW usually avg 2-3 million viewers. CBS, ABC, Fox get way more viewers, that’s why even at 7 million they were willing to get rid of Supergirl.
Just sent a fairly scathing message regarding the barely passable, at first, airing of Super Girl which has turned into a sniveling whiny (redundant) PC left let’s-shove-it-down-their-throats and pretend this is real entertainment crap.
We’re not your demographic? Your demographic pulls in 300k a year and has major buying and pull with your advertisers? I don’t think so. You underestimate what we can do.
I’m so fed up with this crap. Don’t want to quit watching shows we enjoy, but we don’t enjoy it anymore. W your audience whether you like it or not. Or were.
Supergirls writers are really trying to kill this show. They had the lesbian angle go on way too long and took up too much time each week. Now they are going to fight against guns. What should be the strongest of the Arrowverse shows is going to be passing the DC Legends at this rate for last place.
Why would you think those issues would hurt the ratings? The ratings have bee fairly steady all season. Even the long break didn’t affect the show that much. Perhaps they are playing to their target audience. After all the main character is a character that guns are useless against. Perhaps the audience fantasizes about guns not being able to harm anyone.
They only thing fairly steady has been the steady drop
Season 1, 1.68 in 18-49 demo, 7.684 million viewers
Season 2, 0.73 in 18-49 demo, 2.356 million viewers
Season 3, 0.51 in 18-49 demo, 1.835 million viewers
Season 4, 0.35 in 18-49 demo, 1.207 million viewers
Totally agree with you Rob! Going all political with this anti-gun turn is B.S. Is this DC’s direction? No death, no guns, no explosions. How about no super powers? No heat vision, no super strength? Non-lethal weapons? They going to start fighting threats against earth with nerf balls? PLEASE! That was my last episode. Marvel’s going to blast them out of the business if this is their direction!
You mean with shows like Inhumans? LOL!
The CW doesn’t compare the ratings of their shows to other networks, just to the shows on their network. And there’s nothing to worry about as far as renewal goes because it’s already been officially confirmed as having a fourth season.
Episodes 15-17 have rounded ratings? May we get the unroundeds? Sometimes it paints a less pretty picture, but sometimes, it looks better too.
I have loved this show since Season 1, but, season 3, in my opinion, got pretty dark-and often confusing and the darkness and confusion lasted for several episodes. For the first time, I found myself watching something else. I do hope it is renewed though.
Please please not cancel it I’ll be left with nothing supergirl is my life how can even you think of cancelling it after Sanvers you even want to break supergirl and along with it supergirl’s fan how wait ever week sometimes months just to watch an episode of 1 hour. Don’t take away from us supergirl. I’m sorry but I think I’ll start hating supergirl after its cancel
Grow up, Watch a real hero named The Green Arrow who is fighting with real normal and natural enemies.
Why not just watch something like Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, or Special Victims Unit if you are looking for realism. Arrow it pretty hokey too.
Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, Special Victims Unit have same realism like Power Rangers.
Will ratings will all ways go up or down I think supergirl should get renewed for a couple more seasons…
I enjoy Supergirl seeing all the heartaches and personal struggles make her more speaking. Everyone has stuff to deal with and she does it with grace and dignity. It is a lot better than a lot garbage on TV these days
The ratings seem to be holding steady..I’m a little worried with this 2 month break tho..hopfully it won’t hurt the show..i really love this show!
Supergirl is absoloulty smashing it in the ratings! It is one of the only CW shows that have kept its ratings consistent and is even improving on them week to week! Such a good show, keep it up Mellisa!
Bachelor have better ratings.
I wanted to catch up On-Demand on my Cable provider but the CW on has starting
with Show 7, Season 3 available!!
Otherwise, I can BUY Shows 1-6 @ $2.99
each! That’s really too bad because they won’t be adding me to their ratings this year. Very disappointing!
Don’t buy this show, buy PS4.
They need to get rid of politics.im about to have to quit watching the show.its fantasy it’s meant to escape the real world. I have high anxiety and politics bring it out bad. Any good writer should try apeal to as many people as possible and that gets alot of people to not watch it
Especially since comics apeal alot to the older generation too. And seriously there’s no way she could beat superman that easy