Supergirl Is Returning for Another Season, but Not on CBS

Joins fellow superheroes on The CW

Supergirl will live to fight crime another season, but she's getting a change of scenery.

The superhero series, which was CBS' biggest swing last season, will return for Season 2, but the series is moving to The CW. That network, which is partially owned by CBS Corp., is home to the other three DC Comics series from Supergirl executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg: The Flash, Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

But Supergirl, which filmed in Los Angeles, had a significantly higher budget than those other series. It will save some money next season by relocating production to Vancouver where the other superhero series are based.

It's unusual, though not unheard of in recent years, for shows to switch broadcast networks mid-run. The Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer started as a CBS pilot in 2011, but The CW picked it up as a series. Scrubs ran for seven seasons on NBC, but in 2008, the comedy (which was produced by ABC Studios) jumped to ABC for its final two years.

Supergirl's upfront trailer became a viral sensation last May, with more than 10 million views in just a week. CBS pulled out all the stops for the show's October debut, launching it after an episode of The Big Bang Theory. The show drew 13 million viewers that week, but it dropped to 8.9 million in Week 2 (after The Big Bang Theory moved to Thursdays) and never bounced back.

Its last two Season 1 episodes averaged 6.1 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo in live-plus-same-day figures. (That's the same demo rating that The Flash is drawing on The CW with roughly half the total viewers.) Still, Supergirl was CBS' highest-rated new drama this season, in both total viewers (7.7 million) and adults ages 18 to 49 (1.7).

There was no word from The CW whether the network will air Supergirl in the fall or hold it back for midseason. If The CW airs all four of its superhero series at the same time, it will make up 40 percent of the network's programming schedule.

Supergirl's new home will make it easier for Berlanti and Kreisberg to engineer crossovers among the four shows. While Arrow and The Flash characters routinely pop up in each other's shows, adding Supergirl to the mix proved more difficult, though The Flash did appear on a Supergirl episode in March.