Things didn’t turn out so well when Supergirl took flight for its first season airing. Although it was one of the most talked-about shows of the year, it was afflicted with a consistent drop in ratings. Now, a Season 2 renewal is stuck in limbo, but one network might be willing to salvage the series.
The main issue that is plaguing Supergirl Season 2 is the budget needed to cover the show. CBS and Warner Bros. are reportedly sparring over the show’s $3 million (AU$4 million) per episode price tag. The Wrap reports that CBS contends that the fee, which is one of the highest prices for a show in its first season, is not justified by Supergirl’s ratings. While 13 million tuned in to Supergirl episode 1, the numbers dwindled to almost half throughout the first season.
There are rumblings that a possible solution to the Supergirl Season 2 renewal issue would be to move the series to the more youth-oriented network, The CW. Fans already expressed their support towards the possible change, and rightly so since The CW houses other DC superhero franchises such as The Flash and Arrow. Supergirl’s cousin Superman was also with The CW for Smallville.
But a move to The CW will inflict certain disadvantages to Supergirl, particularly in the form of major budget cuts. The network does not receive big license fees from the network and has always geared towards budget-friendly shows. The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow loyalists would know that The CW isn’t exactly grand when it comes to production. Instead of filming in Los Angeles, Supergirl might have to move to Canada where the three mentioned superhero shows also shoot their shows.
According to Vanity Fair, the result of the negotiations for Supergirl Season 2 might be revealed this month when CBS, spearheaded by Leslie Moonves, will announce the network’s official fall lineup.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El.