Supergirl Episode 1 Recap: New Series Soars High In Ratings, Benoist Perfect For Her Role

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The pilot episode of ?Supergirl? aired Monday night and opened as the season?s #1 new series premiere in viewers and adults 18-49, according to Nielsen preliminary live.

The episode?averaged 12.94 million viewers, 3.2/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.0/10 in adults 25-54 and 1.8/07 in adults 18-34 from 8:30-9:30PM.

?Supergirl? also earned huge ratings in Canada on Monday night, according to?The Hollywood Reporter. It scored an average 1.7 million viewers on Global Television, according to Numeris overnight data.

The?DC Comics?adaptation stars Glee alum?Melissa Benoist?and centers on Kara Zor-El, who?escaped planet Krypton with her parents? help at the same time as Kal-El. Raised on Earth by?the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide her powers that she shares with her famous cousin to keep her identity a secret. At 24 years old, Kara lives in National City and works as a mild-mannered assistant to media mogul Cat Grant (played by Calista Flockhart).

Benoist seems to be the perfect fit for the TV heroine role. ?When we first saw her, she was exactly who we saw in our heads and our hearts ? and then we had to go through this extensive process of seeing other people and being in love with someone already,? said Ali Adler, one of the show?s executive producers in an interview for Variety. ?You start knowing her in your head and you start writing to her, and she?s just a tremendous soul and we?re so excited to bring her to everyone,? she added.

?She?s incredibly likable and we talk a lot about Annie Hall as a reference, but when she puts on Colleen Atwood?s costume? it?s the way she holds herself,? commented Sarah Schechter in the same interview. ?It?s really something to behold to see her become that hero, and the way people respond to her, and to see her with kids whenever she meets them. She has that heroic quality and I think it comes from a really positive place. I think she takes the responsibility very seriously, just like Kara does.?

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