Supergirl continues to fly high at CBS. The network has handed out a full-season order to the DC series starring Melissa Benoist, TVWise has learned. While CBS is calling this a “full-season” order, the pick-up is for seven episodes rather than nine, meaning Supergirl will now produce a twenty episode first season.
Supergirl tells the story of Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin who escaped her homeplanet Krypton amidst its destruction. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. The drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Chyler Leigh.
The additional episode order has been expected for come time and comes more than a month after Supergirl debuted to 13 million viewers and a 3.1 A18-49 demo rating, making it the most watched series premiere this fall season. Season-to-date, Supergirl has been averaging a live+same day audience of 11 million viewers and a 2.8 demo rating.
With today’s pick-up, CBS has now handed out “full” seasons to every one of their freshman dramas that premiered this fall. The network previously granted a traditional back-nine to feature film sequel Limitless, the Marcia Gay Harden fronted medical drama Code Black got an order for five additional episodes; and comedy Life In Pieces also scored a back-nine order last month.