CBS ‘Supergirl’ Pilot Leaks to Piracy Sites

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High-quality copies of the pilot for CBS drama “Supergirl” — which isn’t set to air on the Eye until November — leaked onto file-sharing pirate sites early Friday.

The episode is available in up to 1080p HD format and does not contain any evident watermarks, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. The first copies appeared shortly before 3 a.m. ET Friday, according to the firm. As of about 9:30 a.m. ET, the “Supergirl” pilot had been downloaded more than 120,000 times worldwide, per Excipio. [Update, 12:30 p.m. ET: Downloads have hit 192,000, with the U.S., the U.K. and Australia the most-active countries for pirates.]

CBS declined to comment.

“Supergirl” is slated to anchor CBS’s lineup on Monday nights for the 2015-16 season. The series, which stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”) in the title role, is from exec producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV.

CBS touted “Supergirl” as one of its top new shows at its upfront presentation last week in New York City. The official first-look trailer on YouTube has already been viewed about 11 million times since it was posted May 13.

It’s relatively rare for a pilot for a new TV show to leak out onto piracy sites — especially a full six months in advance of the premiere date. On the one hand, the early leak of “Supergirl” could put a damper on initial ratings. However, it could also serve to drive audience to the show and build buzz leading up to the fall season. TV networks have released pilots in advance of show debuts as a marketing tool but never this far in advance.

For now, it’s unclear how the high-quality HD copies of “Supergirl” wound their way into the wild.

In April, the first four episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season 5 were ripped from a pre-release press screener and posted to torrent-sharing sites. But those were only DVD-quality, compared with the 1080p HD format for the “Supergirl” pilot that has hit the pirate scene.

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  1. Adam says:

    on metacritic all the user review are bad.. the highest user score is a 2 out of 10.. but most of them are 0 our of 10.. the network must have paid the professional critics a lot of money to give the horrible show a high score

  2. robert says:

    I watched the pilot and thought it was awsome!! Can’t wait for the rest of the season! Well done CBS!

  3. Steven says:

    I think some of the comments people have left here are extremely unfair and hurtful. I for one cannot wait to see Supergirl when it comes on air. Thought the trailer was awesome and Melissa looks absolutely perfect for the role of Kara. I mean what do people want? Not all shows have to be dark, misery, depressing and Politically Correct. If that’s what you like the. Stay with GOT, Penny Dreadful and The Walking Dead etc. Have been a huge fan of SG for most of my life and I believe that the cast and crew will do an incredible job with the series. With you have Greg, Ali and other writers from Flash and Arrow working on it and they seem to have a good idea of what to look forward in the series. I hope with all my heart that Supergirl will be a smash hit worldwide and for Melissa, Chyler, Calista and David to be huge stars.

  4. Joseph says:

    After a lot of searching I found the whole episode online, downloaded it and was very disappointed with it. Not much action at all only a few scenes with her in her costume. A waste of time.

  5. Someone gave me a stick with a copy of Supergirl, so I watched it. Wow. I don’t think I have ever seen a worse pilot for a show touted as a “new hit series.” (BTW, how can you claim a hit that has not yet officially aired?) Terrible acting, trite and predictable plot, more unbelievable characters than you would find EVEN IN A COMIC BOOK! I can think of a dozen canceled shows that should be aired in place of this nonsense.

  6. Turner Coleman says:

    I really enjoyed the pilot; and Benoit was wonderful in the role. The only bad thing is you have to wait until November for a new episode.

  7. blt says:

    Horrible acting. Boring. And how does she give away her identity to two folks in less than 10 minutes? omg this is really bad. If it airs it won’t make it a full season before getting cancelled if this is the end result. Bad acting and no story.

  8. Ameriguayan says:

    The assessment of Melissa Benoist having no charisma couldn’t be further from the truth. She is as charismatic and endearing as they come and I was overjoyed when I learned she was given this roll. I found it to be a fitting reward for being underutilized by Ryan Murphy in Glee. I have faith that we will see Melissa for many seasons to come and she will do justice to the role of Supergirl.

  9. Titus Andomedon says:

    I watched Supergirl and I thought it was horrible. Melissa Benoist has no charisma…no sparkle…the overall casting is not very good. They really should have tested more actresses since this show won’t survive on Benoist’s back. There was no spark with Jimmy Olsen and Calista Flockhart is really bad.

    • stephen lamar says:

      well ya know what you need to show some respect to us that do Love this show…if you don’t like it please go watch what you do like and stop trying to ruin it for us that do.

  10. awesome cant what for the hole season and i really hope to see the firess

  11. craig says:

    Still prefer the Helen Slater version.

  12. Michael Summerset says:

    Torrentfreak (which is probably the best site for finding out about leaks) reports that Crowded has also been leaked.

  13. pk91 says:

    bad acting but background details are good. the flash has better acting than this but still not so good. Tv series now a days not showing good acting. They are just improving background details and sci-fi effects.

  14. frankie342 says:

    another leak in Hollywood better call an plumber to plug it then YouTube all ready
    removed the pilot episode but however the site still gets people plugging it live
    on camera instructing viewers where to stream it from to say most required an
    subscription sign up registration fee to access it but most European broadband providers
    like sky have already blocked most accessible sites but others has being shielded by a third
    party virus protection software redeeming it unsafe but only a remaining few places to stream
    unreleased content from mad max fury road has all ready being pirated online via third party
    streaming sites in little over an month and that’s a mile swelling if that.

    FRANKIE NINJA SMALES

    SMALES TV UK

  15. nerdrage says:

    If they’re gonna leak the pilot, why be coy about it? Just make it widely available a la Amazon. Especially if they’re going to have bad trailers than turn everyone off.

    • stephen lamar says:

      Dude the video was what made me want to see this so please show respect to us that do like it

  16. Definitely done on purpose to get the bad taste of that rom-com trailer out of our mouths, because otherwise this show was going to tank.

  17. tv fan says:

    it’s definitely not rare for a pilot to leak in advance
    last year both Flash and Constantine wore leaked way in advance, it’s a new marketing scheme, what I find surprising is that while last year’s leeks wore bad SD screeners this was leaked in 1080 FullHD

  18. Stephen says:

    HQ “leak.” Okay. More like CBS is seeding the series.

  19. Larry says:

    It looks really, really good. Thanks CBS for the intentional leak!

  20. Tydeus says:

    Really not rare, I saw Constantine and Flash ahead of release, also first few Capaldi episodes. I think they do it purposely :P

  21. Heidi says:

    Not so rare, I watched The Mentalist pilot like 1 or 2 months before the premiere in Sept

  22. Is the new Dell tablet in the leaked pilot?
    Because if it is, “You’re getting a Dell dude, “. or is that to Hulu for yah?

  23. tofke34ivan says:

    i know that it also happened to the Pilot episode of The Flash , i’ve seen that one 6 months before release and i even know a website where they had already 10 episodes of the show before it’s release

  24. Bill says:

    For a non-watermarked copy to “leak” it had to be intentional to build interest.

  25. Let's get that hype revved up ASAP and sell as many capes as possible says:

    Maybe it was not an accident………..

  26. Someone’s going to get fired for that.

    • Mace Moneta says:

      Rather than getting fired, the leak probably saved the show. Many that watched the goofy romcom-style trailer with the soundtrack suitable for pre-teen girls had already decided to pass on the program. The leak showed that the series is actually on par with The Flash and Arrow, providing the hoped-for consistent level of presentation to the DC TV Universe. Reading online forums, many of those that had decided to pass on the show are now looking forward to the series.

      • tv fan says:

        well not really on par with those shows it still looks like a bad soap, let’s hope they fix the aunt/mom general thing, why invent another city for DC’s sake, DC already has tons of fictional cities this could have taken place.

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