On Monday, 13 million viewers believed that Melissa Benoist can fly as “Supergirl”, who proved that the world — and television — does need a female superhero ever since the beginning of Lynda Carter as “Wonder Woman” in 1975. Not only that, it was the most-watched and highest-rated debut of the 2015 fall season.
Though she can take a punch by the bad guys, “Supergirl” delivered her own one-two punch in beating the heroic debuts of CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash”. In 2012, over four million viewers saw Stephen Amell aimed for justice as ex-billionaire Oliver Queen, who fought for survival after five years on an island. Returning home to Starling City, Queen began his crusade of righting wrongs as the vigilante archer who has been called everything from the Hood to the Arrow to finally Green Arrow, the symbol of hope Star City needs against Damien Darhk.
Two years later, in 2014, Grant Gustin became “The Flash” as forensic scientist Barry Allen, who was chosen by lightning to become a symbol of protection and hope to the people of Central City against criminal and meta-human threats. Over 4.8 million viewers helped made “The Flash” become “The Fastest Man Alive”: becoming CW’s highest-rated series opener since the 2009 debut of “The Vampire Diaries”.
“Supergirl” is created by Greg Berlanti, who also created “Arrow”, “The Flash”, and the mid-season “Legends of Tomorrow”, which premieres on the CW in 2016.
However, if you were in the dark of FOX’s “Gotham”, then step into the light to see “Supergirl” for the first (second, third, and so forth) time with a repeat this Saturday. New episodes will air Monday nights on CBS.