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Ratings Update: CBS’ “Supergirl” Falls 29%, Stays Solid In Week Two

Final Ratings Update: The time period premiere of CBS’ “Supergirl,” which notably aired without lead-in support from “The Big Bang Theory,” declined by 29% from last week’s series premiere.

It nonetheless remained solid from a competitive standpoint.

Monday’s episode posted a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Down sharply from last week’s 3.1, the number was this week’s best for a CBS Monday night show. It also tied that of NBC’s “Blindspot” as the best for a scripted Monday night show.

This week’s “Supergirl” reached a total of 8.865 million total viewers (down from 12.955 million last week).

Also on CBS:
Scorpion (1.9, 9.507 million vs. 1.9, 9.692 million last week)
NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3, 8.409 million vs. 1.3, 8.767 million on 10/19)

Update: Airing without “The Big Bang Theory” lead-in support or premiere week curiosity, Monday’s “Supergirl” was inevitably going to suffer a sharp ratings decline.

Indeed it did.

That decline did not, however, prevent the show from posting solid marks.

Per fast national data, Monday’s episode posted a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating with 8.853 million total viewers. A far cry from last week’s performance, which included a 3.1 rating and a 12.955 million viewership total, the performance was still decent by conventional standards.

“Supergirl” was its timeslot’s #2 broadcast program in adults 18-49 (behind “The Voice”) and #3 broadcast program in total viewership (behind “Dancing With The Stars” and “The Voice”). It also comfortably topped FOX’s comic adaptation “Gotham” (1.6, 4.300 million).

While this week’s performance was ultimately still a solid one, “Supergirl” may not be done declining. Most series — even those with far better reviews — tend to decline for several weeks after their premiere.

The show still has some room to fall, but its right to the “hit” label will hinge on quick stabilization.

— CBS’ “Supergirl” led into “Scorpion” (1.9, 9.390 million), which led into “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.2, 8.337 million).

Absent opening week curiosity and the mammoth “The Big Bang Theory” lead-in, Monday’s “Supergirl” was predictably down sharply from last week’s premiere.

While deflated, the overnight household rating nonetheless reflects a solid performance.

Per Nielsen Metered Market Data, Monday’s “Supergirl” drew a 5.8 overnight household rating in its regular 8-9PM timeslot.

That substantially trails the 7.9 posted by last week’s episode, which aired in the 8:30-9:30PM slot following a “Big Bang Theory” episode.

This week’s household rating, nonetheless, remains comfortably ahead of the 3.0 posted by FOX’s “Gotham” and 0.8 posted by The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

And while it markedly trails the numbers posted by ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and NBC’s “The Voice,” it has a strong chance of topping the former in the key adults 18-49 demographic.

The solid tag applies to this week’s number, but it does not guarantee a long-term future for “Supergirl.” Many shows — especially those with mixed reviews — tend to endure several weeks of declines before settling. “Supergirl” will need to find that point of stability soon to retain any semblance of a “hit” label.

— CBS’ lineup also included “Scorpion” (6.2 overnight household rating) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (5.4 overnight household rating).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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