'Stargirl' to end after Season 3 following major drop in viewership, fans say 'not a big surprise'

Besides 'Stargirl', The CW series like 'Nancy Drew', 'The Flash' and 'Riverdale' will be entering their final season soon

'Stargirl' to end after Season 3 following major drop in viewership, fans say 'not a big surprise'
Brec Bassinger as Stargirl in The CW's 'Stargirl' (IMDb)
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DCEU is on a roll whether it is for new beginnings or ending the ones which seemed like a dead end to them and sadly 'Stargirl' airing on CW falls under the latter category. On Monday morning, October 31, it was announced that the DC’s 'Stargirl' series will shut down after its current, 13-episode season. Earlier this month, the Nexstar group took control of The CW, resulting in the exit of longtime CEO Mark Pedowitz and many other modifications as the network navigates toward targeting an older audience. That is not all, the not-so-surprising cancellation which drives in mid-way through the Season 3 of the superhero team-up series is because it has been averaging 660,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating down 25 and 50 percent from its sophomore run.

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Along with 'Stargirl,' CW series like 'Nancy Drew' will be entering their final season in 2023, as will 'The Flash' and 'Riverdale.' Regardless, the plot of the third season is the heroes and villains living in Blue Valley become embroiled in a murder mystery after former ISA member Steven Sharpe is found dead, while someone has been spying on them with cameras placed all over town.

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After the news of the show ending surfaced online, most people seemed to be okay with the change rather than being upset about it. However, the news did leave a few fans disappointed. A fan said, "It was too high-quality for the CW. It was doomed to die a quick death." A fan wrote, "Probably. @NXSTMediaGroup worst thing to happen to TV." A fan shared, "I actually liked the show, but the cancellation is not a big surprise," while another tweeted, "They are ending all the reasons I watch CW in first place. Guess I’ll lose Nancy Drew next. Stargirl was the least favorite, but it improved and swerved into dark territory." 

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The series follows high school student Courtney Whitmore who discovers the cosmic staff originally wielded by Starman and becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superheroes who become the new incarnation of the Justice Society of America. Brec Bassinger was cast as Courtney Whitmore that September, with additional castings for her family members, the Justice Society of America, and the Injustice Society of America. Bassinger who is seen as 'Stargirl', also becomes the leader of the second incarnation of the Justice Society of America (JSA).

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In preparation for the role, Bassinger did not look at the character's previous portrayals by Britt Irvin on 'Smallville' and Sarah Grey on 'Legends of Tomorrow' because they were depicted as "older, more mature version[s]" of Stargirl. Bassinger added that the series follows the comic Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. more "in that she's young, high school, naive, which I wanted to bring that into this version of Stargirl." Maizie Smith portrays a five-year-old Courtney. 

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DC’s 'Stargirl' airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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