CBS announced today that they have ordered seven new episodes of their popular DC adaptation Supergirl, giving the series a full Season 1 order. The show’s ratings have largely been positive but have been a little less consistent than many were expecting, considering the love shown for The Flash and Arrow, two other DC joints. There’s still time and room for a larger fanbase to catch on, though I must admit that I don’t quite get the appeal of all of this.
Don’t get me wrong: it’s great to see Melissa Benoist get some solid work following her excellent supporting turn in the sensational Whiplash, and any new female-centric series that isn’t primarily about dating is worth a chance. That being said, the series is written, if you’ll excuse me, by a room of 14-year-olds, and shot in a cheap way the earnestly doesn’t want to admit its cheapness, which is a humongous problem. And sure, the 18-25 sect is clearly the key demographic CBS is looking for with this show, but there have been plenty of smart and honest shows about being a post-collegiate or younger, one’s that don’t sound like they’re just a cape, some flying, and a few villainous aliens away from Saved by the Bell: The College Years.
Here’s the text from the official 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.