As Ratings Plunge ‘Supergirl’ Decides Upcoming Season 6 Will Be Last


Supergirl will be taking her last flight.

The CW and producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions just announced that the drama series starring Melissa Benoist will conclude with the upcoming sixth season set for premiere on The CW in 2021. It is the second series from the Arrowverse to come to an end, following Arrow, which wrapped its eight-year run last season.

Production on all 2020-21 broadcast series was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Supergirl had been targeting a later start of production to accommodate the pregnancy of star Benoist. Deadline reports the series is slated to begin filming in Vancouver next week, pending a deal with the local unions to comply with SAG’s testing guidelines, which has been a sticking point for a number of Hollywood productions there. The series would initially be filming around Benoist who would join the production later.


Between the delays and Supergirl’s downward ratings trajectory, the producers, the studio, the network and Benoist reportedly came to a decision that it was better to end the show with a longer final season. The creative team has started developing the storylines for the final 20 episodes. The 20-episode order is expected to be longer than most broadcast series this coming season, including The CW scripted shows, which will be launching in January and beyond.

Supergirl, starring Benoist in the title role, debuted in October 2015 on CBS before joining The CW lineup for season two in October 2016.

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Meghan Murphy

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