Supergirl is off to a solid start on the CW. Though it was naturally down from its past showings on CBS, which cut the comic-book drama loose at the end of its freshman season, it marked a huge lift for its new network.
Staying put at 8 p.m. Mondays, Supergirl's inaugural CW spin averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers. That's half the audience of its CBS finale but only two-tenths of a point difference in the key demo. Among adults 18-49, Supergirl also tied with Fox's Gotham in the hour. And, with total viewers, it ranks as the CW's most-watched telecast in the time period in eight years.
Important for the CW purposes, Supergirl also skewed younger in its move - increasing its showing among adults 18-34 by 29 percent from the CBS finale. Network president Mark Pedowitz was candid about his hopes for the series on the eve of the new season. "If it pulls half of the CBS audience, it will be our No. 1 or No. 2 show," he said. "If it does less than that, I'd be extraordinarily disappointed."
So far so good.
Monday belonged to NBC. With a steady episode of The Voice, which averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 as its lead-in, freshman Timeless pulled a so-so score at 10 p.m. The drama, which did win the hour, was off by three-tenths of a point from its week-ago premiere for a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.
The CBS lineup also had a great deal of stability, with The Big Bang Theory (3.3 adults) and Kevin Can Wait (2.1 adults) anchoring the 9 o'clock hour. 2 Broke Girls returned for its sixth season with impressive retention as well, holding at a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and improving its audience to 6.6 million viewers. Scorpion, dipping from its week-ago return, averaged a 1.3 rating in the key demo.
Dancing With the Stars inched up to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers on ABC. Conviction, airing its second episode, was flat with the week-ago premiere of a 0.9 rating in the key demo.
After Gotham, Lucifer duplicated its lead-in's 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.