According to The Hollywood Reporter the Supergirl move comes as producer Warner Bros. Television had been looking for ways to reduce costs on the series, which ranked as CBS’ most expensive first-year show. Despite moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver (where all of The CW’s other DC Comics shows are filmed), CBS ultimately decided that Supergirl’s ratings, even with a reduced licensing fee, did not justify a second season.
As an additional bit of good news, Calista Flockhart — who, despite being adamant about working in L.A. — agreed to remain on the ‘Supergirl’ series with its move to Vancouver.
For her part, Adler told The Hollywood Reporter that producers created the cliffhanger finale as if the series were returning and had already mapped out what a second run would look like. “Season two is going to be more reflective of their past and how they’re going to change their future as a result of it in a really emotional way,” she said. “We definitely want to continue making more of this show.”
At CBS, “Supergirl” averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.03 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. It was CBS’ top-rated rookie drama this season in the demo, and was also its youngest-skewing drama with a median age of 55.6 — however, it was down from the network’s comedy lineup in the Monday night timeslot last year.
The crossover episode with CW’s ‘The Flash’ gave ‘Supergirl’ a rating bump, which prompted rumors of the show making a move to CW for its second year. A rumor that came up again and again when Les Moonves announced that all of ABC’s new shows were looking good for renewal in his statement last month.
We at SciFI Pulse are pleased with this news and plan to watch the CW’s inevitable re-airing of ‘The Flash’ crossover “World’s Finest” with big grins on our faces.