SUPERGIRL Ratings Holding On, But Need Improvement

It’s been a mercurial year for CBS’ freshman super-hero series as Supergirl has seen ratings fluctuate wildly. After a huge debut, the show understandably fell off in subsequent weeks. Several multi-week delays, combined with an irregular airing schedule which resulted from real-world events, resulted in the show losing nearly six million viewers from its series premiere number of 12.96 million.

The recent announcement of a crossover with The Flash, along with a stellar adaptation of Alan Moore’s “For The Man Who Has Everything” seem to have righted the ship over the last several weeks. Monday’s episode, entitled “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” did drop off a bit from the previous week’s 7.92, but didn’t come close to the series low from the beginning of the month.

Rumors have begun to circulate that CBS might be concerned about the viability of the show, but it finished just barely behind the season finale of X-Files in a night dominated by reality TV juggernaut The Bachelor. It was, however, CBS’ lowest-rated show of Monday night, with both Scorpion and NCIS: Los Angeles scoring over 8 million viewers.

There are three episodes left before the much anticipated “Worlds Finest” crossover, so if Supergirl can demonstrate staying power without the help of CW’s Scarlet Speedster, the network will likely consider the show safe.

For context, the complete ratings for season one of Supergirl can be found below.


Episode 1: “Pilot” – 12.96 million

Episode 2: “Stronger Together” – 8.87 million

Episode 3: “Fight or Flight” – 8.07 million

Episode 4: “Livewire” – 7.77 million

Episode 5: “How Does She Do It?” – 7.19 million

Episode 6: “Red Faced” – 8.02 million

Episode 7: “Human for a Day” – 7.67 million

Episode 8: “Hostile Takeover” – 7.28 million

Episode 9: “Blood Bonds” – 8.75 million

Episode 10: “Childish Things” – 8.77 million

Episode 11: “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” – 7.90 million

Episode 12: “Bizarro” – 6.68 million

Episode 13: “For The Girl Who Has Everything” – 7.92 million

Episode 14: “Truth, Justice, and The American Way” – 7.25 million


Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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