Ratings: CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Falls Off in Week Two; ‘Voice,’ ‘Blindspot’ Put NBC on Top

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UPDATED WITH FINALS: CBS drama “Supergirl” came back to earth in its second week as it moved to its leadoff position on Monday, falling more from its premiere than most new shows but remaining a solid second in its timeslot and an improvement over last year’s comedies. NBC won the night among the broadcasters behind “The Voice” and “Blindspot,” with the latter tying “Supergirl” as the night’s No. 1 scripted series among young adults.

Looking at the numbers, “Supergirl” averaged a 2.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.86 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, down 0.9 in the demo (or 29%) from its debut of last week and by about the same in total viewers; it did the same 2.2 rating in both the male and female side of the demo. A sizable decline for “Supergirl” is not a surprise since it no longer had a lead-in from “The Big Bang Theory” and there was so much anticipation for the show’s premiere, but it will need to stabilize if it’s to remain in the hunt as the season’s top new show.

Compared to the 8 o’clock hour on the opening Monday of November last year, “Supergirl” was up 16% in the demo (from 1.9) and 20% in total viewers (from 7.4 million) vs. “2 Broke Girls” and “The Millers.”

The premiere of “Supergirl” last week stood as the fall’s top-rated launch in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. It remained No. 1 in total viewers in Live+3 estimates (surpassing 16 million), but ended up No. 2 among premieres in the demos behind NBC’s “Blindspot.” In its second week, “Blindspot” limited its 18-49 decline to 16% (2.6 rating).

“Supergirl” was followed last night on CBS by “Scorpion” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.51 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s 90-minute average and seems to be benefiting from its drama lead-in. “NCIS: Los Angeles” closed out the night with a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 8.41 million viewers overall, tying its season high in the demo.

ESPN won the night with “Monday Night Football,” as its matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers averaged a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.40 million viewers overall, up a little in both categories from last year. In the overnights, the game peaked in the second quarter, so a lot of viewers weren’t there for the Colts’ late rally and the exciting conclusion in overtime, where the Panthers prevailed 29-26 to remain perfect on the season.

At NBC, “The Voice” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 12.06 million viewers overall) was up 0.2 from last week to match a five week-high and stand as Monday’s No. 1 entertainment program in 18-49. “Blindspot” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.02 million viewers overall) also edged up and continues to rule as the season’s No. 1 new program in key demos.

Fox’s “Gotham” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.27 million viewers overall) was up a tenth as it may have picked up some viewers who sampled “Supergirl” last week. And “Minority Report” held steady (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.75 million viewers overall).

The CW had a good night, as both “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.28 rating in 18-49, 945,000 viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.43 in 18-49, 1.095 million) drew their largest audiences of the fall. The network’s Monday averages have been hampered by football pre-emptions, but that wasn’t the case last night.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 1.9/5 in 18-49 and 12.09 million viewers overall, and the special “Countdown to the CMA Awards” could only muster a 0.8/3 and 4.98 million.


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  1. drush76 says:

    Wow. I didn’t realize that superhero shows in which the lead is a woman was that threatening to viewers.

  2. She certainly is no Xena

  3. bad actress, bad actors and not true to the comics…supergirl wasn’t a redhead and olsen wasn’t black…pretty much seals the deal for me

  4. Supergirl totally boring and cheesy. Watched first episode and thought the second would be better, not any better, just boring. Turned off. Plus the other characters are not true to comics. Wonder Woman was really good, Tarzan great, Flash, Arrow, Shield great. Batman and Superman were great. This show horrible. Didn’t like Carter either. Oh well, just my opinion.

  5. Jim Carey says:

    Supergirl’s ratings from ME dropped about 4 minutes into the pilot episode. When Bill O’Reilly’s name was dropped in a jaw-dropping moment of political snarkery, I deleted the show and my DVR “Record Weekly” command faster than you could say “Mr. Mxyzptlk.”

    I shouldn’t be so hard on the writers. They showed great restraint in waiting until Episode 5 to reveal that Rush Limbaugh was behind the destruction of Krypton.

  6. Jacques Strappe says:

    Supergirl is super cheesy. Mixing action superhero drama with a romantic comedy is a lame idea.. I also think the upcoming Kryptonite maxi-pad story arc is offensive and insulting to women everywhere.

  7. Kaitlyn says:

    I really enjoyed both episodes of Supergirl and thought that the second episode was significant improvement over the first! I definitely plan to keep watching and am so sad that so many people on this board seem to dislike the show.

    As for those saying that the only good superhero show is Daredevil, I’d have to disagree. Daredevil is great, don’t get me wrong, but Flash is also excellent and Arrow (although a bit on the decline) has maintained quality across its seasons. Also, returning to Marvel’s end, I thoroughly enjoyed Agent Carter and am looking forward to the next season. I’ve also been keeping up with Agents of SHIELD from the start and have been enjoying it, as well.

  8. Maybe if Supergirl had been triplets of mixed races..............? says:

    Supergirl ratings will probably decline further. The women of today are a lot smarter than geeky fanboy writers and producers think, and they are not all blondes with privileged lifestyles.

    Kreisberg, Berlanti and the rest of the ill informed need to make a show about the real Super Women out there everyday trying to survive, while making less money than their male counterparts and not privy to the same job opportunities.

    The women of today are strong, in so many unrecognized ways, but yet, a flip of a remote makes them out to be clueless sex symbols and wet dreams of Hollywood producers or fantasies of how some of the producers would like to see themselves?

    Supergirl is a joke, and a racist joke at that.

  9. To be honest, I expected nothing less. I wonder how long the burgeoning superhero TV programme format can last? Daredevil has been the only one up to snuff

    • Dunstan says:

      Linda, I agree re: “Daredevil.” It’s what a show based on a comic book/graphic novel should be. Granted, most superheroes are very different in tone from DD but everything works on that show; the writing, directing, casting etc. While the “Supergirl” pilot was fun, it was very reminiscent of the first C. Reeve “Superman” film. Berlanti et al are good at what they do but confined by traditional network formats and story-telling.

  10. Adam says:

    I like it so far. Better than I expected it would be. I wish they had gone with title Super Woman instead of Super Girl. A girl is a kid. I am not a huge comic book fan and not really into the fighting but I understand others may like. My favorites the interaction story lines so far with her circle of friends.

    I will be tuning in again and hopefully it survives its title. Boys and Girls are kids unless you really close with someone. Then it can become my boy and my girl but not everyone on show calling you that.

  11. Thank goodness NBC is winning one night because IT’S GETTING CRUSHED ON WEDNESDAYS!

  12. JustSaying15 says:

    I watch it for two weeks now and while it’s not horrible, it’s not any good either. Too cheesy and not in a good thing. It really plays like a Saturday morning show. Good concept bad competition.

  13. Jim says:

    The viewer numbers are going to keep dropping. The show is very mediocre and formulaic. Planning on giving the show one or two more episodes to show some significant improvement.

  14. Morris Collie says:

    Loved the pilot and thoroughly enjoyed episode two. Look forward to next Monday.

  15. Daniel says:

    Supergirl is terrible and cheesy.

    • Charles Xavier says:

      The comic itself is lame as hell!! I know it’s based on the comics, but I still don’t know why they think its progress for women when you make characters that are literally carbon copies of their male originals. Like how?? Thank God Jessica Jones is out soon, then the false feminists will see a big difference. This is the biggest piece of crap TV show i’ve seen this year.

    • Donna says:

      OMG!!! I thought I was the only one, I’d even had the whole series scheduled on my DVR. I watched the first 20 mins. and I deleted it and cancelled that crap from my DVR.

  16. Public Member says:

    This is totally boring.

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