“Supergirl” has been renewed for a second season, but it will call a new network home.
The show will migrate from CBS to The CW for 2016-17, which keeps the show more or less in the same family. It’s produced by Warner Bros. TV, whose parent company and CBS co-own The CW.
It also joins three other DC Comics superhero shows — “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” — on The CW. (All four are executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg.) Reports of the move had gathered steam in recent days as CBS and Warner Bros. negotiated a cost-cutting plan, which included moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
“Supergirl” started with strong ratings for CBS, but they faded fairly quickly, never climbing above 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 after the show’s second episode. (It was, however, CBS’ highest-rated freshman drama this season.)
Save for a one-week spike fueled by a “Flash” crossover, the show averaged a 1.3 rating for closing run, on par with “The Flash’s” numbers at The CW. Anywhere close to that next season will probably make The CW feel like the move was a good one.
“Supergirl” is the first show since “Medium” to jump broadcast networks between seasons.