By: Adam Basciano
Supergirl is one of this season’s most highly anticipated, and highly promoted new series of the television season. That promotion and anticipation allowed Supergirl to soar to a powerful debut ratings wise. “In Nielsen’s national estimates, “Supergirl” averaged a 3.1 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.95 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., retaining 70% of the young-adult audience for “The Big Bang Theory” in the 8 o’clock half-hour.” Where does this rank in terms of premiere’s of new shows? Really well actually. ” Among the premieres this fall, “Supergirl” ties for No. 1 in adults 18-49 and 25-54 with NBC’s “Blindspot” — both from uber producer Greg Berlanti. And for all of 2015, it trails in 18-49 only AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” from August (4.9), Fox’s “Empire” in January (3.8) and AMC’s “Better Call Saul” in February (3.4, airing behind “The Walking Dead”).” Next week Supergirl won’t have the advantage of the hugely popular The Big Bang Theory as its lead in, so the show will have to fly on her own merit, but there are positive signs to assume that it can. “CBS has to be pleased that the superhero show’s premiere grew slightly in its second half-hour in 18-49 (3.2 vs. 3.1) while holding steady in both 25-54 (4.0) and 18-34 (1.8).” This show has a lot of potential, and I’m looking forward to where the show goes from here.
Meanwhile, on GOTHAM the Batman prequel series has cast an actor to play a big name Batman villain who is in desperate need of redemption in live action media. “EW has confirmed that House of Cards’ Nathan Darrow has been cast as Victor Fries, one of Gotham’s preeminent cryogenics engineers (at least at first). As his character description reveals, Fries is incredibly smart but “struggles to make meaningful connections with others.” And when his wife, Nora falls ill with a terminal disease, Victor tries to figure out a way to freeze her before she dies. This journey, of course, leads to him becoming the DC villain Mr. Freeze.” I have no idea who this actor is, but he’s on “House of Cards”, so I’m sure he’s a good actor. The description is pretty much spot on with the comic books as well. Ultimately though, GOTHAM could put a pile of poo in a block of ice, call it Mr. Freeze, and it’d be better then what Arnold Schwarzenegger did with the character back in 1997. Here’s hoping the producers, and the actor takes inspiration from the Batman: The Animated Series iteration of Mr. Freeze.
(Sources: Variety, Entertainment Weekly)