CBS President Explains ‘Supergirl’ Moving to the CW

Supergirl” is heading to the CW for its second season — a move that’s not so surprising after long-standing rumors, but a decision that both CBS and CW have remained hush-hush on until now.

“The ratings did start a little higher and they came down a bit,” CBS president Glenn Geller said Wednesday morning at a press conference at the network’s New York City headquarters. “I think it found the right home. It’s a win-win for us. We co-own the CW and we made a great deal with Warner Bros.”

Gellar added, “Who’s to say if we hadn’t made that deal that we wouldn’t have picked it up.”

Before the press conference began, Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, also told reporters that they would have considered picking up the show for a second season.

After declining ratings, would CBS consider another superhero show, or will they leave that genre for their younger-skewing network?

“We would absolutely consider anything,” Geller said.

Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist, averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.03 million viewers overall on CBS in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. The superhero series was CBS’ top-rated freshman drama in the demo and its youngest-skewing drama with a median age of 55.6.

Its crossover with “The Flash” in late March provided a ratings boost for both shows, reigniting rumors that “Supergirl” would fly to the younger-skewing network in order to nab a renewal.

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