Supergirl officially picked up for (mostly) full season at CBS

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Dec 2, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Fans have been waiting with bated breath for news about a potential pickup for freshman DC series Supergirl, and now the network has finally pulled the trigger.

CBS has announced Supergirl will receive a back-seven episode order (which is two short of the traditional “back-nine” order), pulling the first season’s total up to 20 episodes. So yeah, still two episodes shy of a traditional season, but a nice vote of confidence for the network’s foray into the small-screen DC universe. 

So why did it take so long for the network to make a decision? As TV Line notes, Supergirl debuted in October with an eye-popping 13 million viewers and a 3.1 rating, tying NBC’s Blindspot as this fall’s biggest freshman premiere. But in the weeks since then the show has dropped considerably, with the latest episode pulling a series-low 7.2 million/1.5 rating. Which aren’t terrible numbers, to be sure, but they’re far from a sure-fire hit (especially considering a superhero show isn’t cheap to produce).

What makes this pickup even more interesting is recent buzz indicating that the back half of the season could provide time to develop an ambitious crossover with The CW’s hit Flash series (they share creative teams, not to mention they’re both DC properties). The worlds seem like they could fit together well enough (and heck, we’re already dealing with multiple universes on Flash), so it’ll be interesting to see if any word on that angle breaks in the coming weeks.

On the practical side, these additional episodes will also give the network some more time to develop a ratings baseline for the series, before making a decision to renew or cancel it for next year. But, if viewership keeps ticking down much further, it won’t be much of a decision at all. Here's hoping this reprieve will do Kara and the gang some good.

Have you been watching Supergirl? Glad to hear it’ll be sticking around a while longer?

(Via TV Line)