Supergirl has certainly gained a following with an original take on an old superheroine. However, is Supergirl set to be cancelled? Arrow, Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow have been confirmed for fifth, third and second seasons by the CW, but Supergirl is still waiting to hear if she will receive a second season from CBS. Some of you may be thinking that Supergirl is a poor show in comparison to Arrow, Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow, but you would all be wrong. The statistics show Supergirl has received more viewers per episode than Arrow and Flash did in their first seasons.
Arrow received its highest viewing of 4,140,000 for its "Pilot" episode. Which is not to bad for a relatively unknown character. The lowest viewed episode of Season 1 only saw 2,620,000 with Episode 22 "Darkness On The Edge Of Town," which was only one episode away from the finale. This was not far off from Arrow loosing half of its viewers in just the first season. You may even think it has gotten more popular as the show has progressed, but it has never received over 4 million viewers since the "Pilot" episode. Even now, it sees an average viewing number between 2.5 million to 3 million.
The creators were clever introducing Flash through Arrow, as it did earn Flash a higher viewing number for its "Pilot" episode at 4,830,000 viewers. The lowest it dropped to was 3,330,000 million viewers, which was on Episode 16 "Rogue Time," which was only a drop of 1.5 million. That made Flash a bigger success during its first season than Arrow, and the show does hold an average viewing number of 3.5 million to date. All this marks Flash as a bigger success than Arrow.
In the same boat as Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow is only on its first season. Even more surprising, with only eight episodes released so far, it has already been renewed for a second season. What may shock you is the ratings. Not seeing the spin-off success of Flash, the highest viewing count it has received so far is 3,210,000 for part one of its "Pilot" episode. Part two dropped down to 2,890,000, meaning 300,000 viewers were not grabbed by its first episode. However, by episode eight "Night Of The Hawk" it had dropped down to 2,010,000 viewers, making it the least viewed episode of the entire Arrowverse.
Now, if we flip over to CBS's Supergirl, we see an astonishing 12,960,000 viewers tuning in to discover if it is a bird, a plane or if it is indeed "super" for the "Pilot" episode. It did drop down to 8,870,000 for its second episode, "Stronger Together"; but even with this drop she beats any ratings ever seen in the Arrowverse — by nearly double their top viewing. The lowest viewing number Supergirl has seen during her first season is only, 6.53 million. Even with her lowest figure, she is still way ahead of her competition from the CW.
With all of these figures in mind, you have to consider why CBS is holding out on announcing a second season for Supergirl. Is it another clear example of ratings not being reflected due to gender? Now some may be screaming at their computer screens right now, but I have a perfect example of DC properties being guilty of the same crime already.
The DC Universe Original Animated Movies are something fans look forward to, with the next being Justice League vs. Teen Titans. To date, from the whopping 26 films released, so far only one film has focused on a solo female hero, Wonder Woman. A planned sequel was canceled due to apparent lack in sales of the movie. This you have to question, as the film received a total of $7,501,968. It wasn't the highest grossing film they have had, however it outsold over three quarters of the other 26 films, including films focused on the ever popular Batman. They even canceled a planned Batgirl movie, sighting the ratings of the Wonder Woman film as their reason. Since that point on, there has been not even a mention of another female solo movie.
With all of this information, you do have to question why Supergirl has not yet had her second season announced. The ratings clearly show she is more deserving than any of the CW's DC-based shows, so what is the hold up?