The Supergirl pilot leaked online back in May, but that didn’t seem to have any sort of impact on the ratings last night. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the DC Comics series, and while many fans would have loved to see it on The CW to ensure crossovers with Arrow and The Flash, being on a more mainstream network seems to have done it a lot of favours.
CBS has announced today that the pilot episode of Supergirl is the Fall’s #1 new series premiere in viewers and adults 18-49. The episode averaged 12.94 million viewers, 3.2/10 in adults 18-49, 4.0/10 in adults 25-54 and 1.8/07 in adults 18-34 from 8:30-9:30 PM.
Supergirl is also the season’s #1 new series premiere among men 18-34 (1.7/07), men 18-49 (3.3/10) and men 25-54 (4.3/11). Among key women demographics, Supergirl ratings averaged 2.0/07 in women 18-34, 3.0/09 in women 18-49 and 3.8/10 in women 25-54. With 7-day playback, Supergirl is projected to increase +46% in viewers (to 18.9m), +65% in adults 18-49 (to 5.3) and +63% in adults 25-54 (to 6.5).
Those are a lot of complicated looking numbers, but the point here is that Supergirl has been a resounding success. While there is, of course, a chance that these numbers will drop next week, it’s unlikely to be a significant fall given how well received the pilot was. What isn’t clear at this point is how much Gotham was impacted by Supergirl airing at the same time.
Regardless, Supergirl is a hit, and it’s going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.