CBS Picks Up 'Supergirl' For A Second Season


It looks like Supergirl will fly high for a little longer, thanks to the series getting picked up for a second season at CBS.

CBS' CEO Les Moonves made the announcement on Tuesday that five of the network's new shows would get renewed for another year.

"We have about five new shows on this year," said Moonves to Deadline. "Of those five, I believe all five of them will be renewed, and we own four of them."

Deadline reached out to the network for clarification, but it seems that Supergirl is definitely on that list.

Supergirl debuted on Oct. 26, 2015 with nearly 13 million viewers. Although that number has since dropped to around seven million viewers as of Feb. 29, it's still well-reviewed by critics and has become a genre favorite with superhero fans.

CBS, once thought of as the network of endless crime dramas, has expanded its programming to include more modern fare, including Supergirl, as well as next year's new Star Trek series, which will headline the network's All Access streaming subscription service. Both shows bring a more diverse audience to the network, so here's hoping that this encourages CBS to continue to invest in other genres.

Supergirl is the only female-led superhero series currently airing on television and the first to actually get beyond a second season since Wonder Woman, which aired in the 1970s. CBS picking the series up for a second season is especially important because the announcement arrived on International Women's Day. Not only does the series prove that there is a demand, from both viewers and critics, for female-led television shows, but it also offers up a good role model for younger viewers who watch the series, something in short supply for young female TV fans.

"How I approach it, every day, is that as long as Kara and Supergirl are enjoying themselves and are finding the joy in being a hero and the joy in finally using her powers after so long, everything stems from that," said actress Melissa Benoist, who portrays Supergirl, to CNN. "I just always keep in mind her bravery, her hope, her positivity and her strength. I think that it will be hard for girls not to look up to that."

Supergirl airs on CBS on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.

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