The CW Network has to kicking themselves for passing on the Supergirl series that just debuted to a record-setting 14 million viewers on CBS Monday night.
The series was set up for success with a lead in by The Big Bang Theory. CBS was worried about Supergirl when the pilot leaked on BitTorrent back in May, but network pushed back with a solid marketing campaign to generate buzz.
It will be interesting to see how the series pans out with viewers as it may fall victim to the villain of the week formula. The audience might stick around because of Supergirl’s concept, this show is the first and only female lead superhero drama on the market. Supergirl also leaves an unrealistic hope that one day Superman will show up in an episode. Even though CBS has already ruled it out, there’s a better chance of an Arrow, The Flash crossover then Clark Kent stumbling in.
For CBS, 14 million viewers is a great accomplishment, they should own today’s victory and then get back to work tomorrow.