Comic book clash sees Supergirl beat Bat-boy

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Melissa Benoist is Supergirl. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS

Look–up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s those Supergirl ratings!

Despite a lame lead-in (Minority Report, shrinking to 415,000 off an awkward shift to 7:30), the comic book-inspired CBS series got off to a flying start Monday on Global, drawing an overnight, estimated 1,709,000 2+ viewers from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET. Except for the relocated The Big Bang Theory at 7:30 (2,040,000), that topped all other shows in Canada Monday, including Gotham opposite on CTV (1,176,000), Blindspot at 9 (1,111,000) and Castle at 10 (811,000).

Less impacted than Gotham in the overnight estimates seems to be CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries at 8 p.m. (1,025,000) which was followed by Still, er, This Life (261,000). The Voice was heard by 922,000 on CTV Two. Dancing with the Stars drew 399,000 on Bravo. The Muppets are a non-factor at 8 on City (358,000), although the station recovers at 10 with Scorpion (779,000).

Monday Night Football on TSN drew 395,000.

Although the start times were staggered by half-an-hour, Supergirl‘s lead over Gotham seems less pronounced in A18-49 (660,000 v. 582,000). Global claims their super rookie’s opener soared past all other Fall ’15 entries in 18-34 as well as the A25-54 demo. Next week’s head-to-head battle of the comic book capers should offer a more accurate sampling.

More of a worry for CTV than the apparent decline in Gotham overnights are signs The Big Bang Theory may be finally starting to come back to the pack. For the week of Oct. 12 – 18, according to Numeris, the CBS import finished not first but second overall in Canada with 2,427,000 total Live+7  total viewers. No. 1 for the week was Global’s even older import, CBS’ NCIS, drawing 2,523,000. Neither was opposite a Blue Jays playoff game, although the CTV sitcom may have been affected by the Thanksgiving Monday holiday. Big Bang still enjoyed a much bigger share of the A18-49 audience.

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