CW grounds ‘Supergirl’ after this season

CW’s Kryptonian heroine will grace our televisions for the 6th and final season of Supergirl. Production on the show’s last 20-episode season is slated to begin late September, with the show’s creative team working now to develop storylines.

As part of the “CWverse,” Supergirl has existed in the same universe as Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman and DC crossover newcomer Stargirl. While Arrow, just wrapped its eight-season run earlier this year, you catch new premieres for all these series in 2021.

Supergirl viewership started strong. The series premiered in October 2015 on CBS- attracting an average of 7.7 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating. Moving to CW for season two meant those number slipped to 2.4 mil/0.7 (CW has a smaller audience than CBS).

Unfortunately for fans of the series, those numbers have continued to decline. In its fifth season, it saw an average of 840,000 viewers and a 0.22 demo rating, down 30 percent from Season 4.

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In a post on instagram, Benoist reflected on her time as Supergirl. 

“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.”

“She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.” 

Melissa Benoist stars as Supergirl’s title character. The cast also includes Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Andrea Brooks, Azie Tesfai, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair and David Harewood. 

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One also has to wonder if Supergirl is ending its run because Warner Bros. is moving forward with bringing Superman’s cousin to the big screen.

We shall see.

Laura Day is a Reel New York correspondent. Contact her at [email protected]