Scores of military children at Naval Base Coronado, California, watched the new television hit “Supergirl” and met the stars of the CBS show before its broadcast debut this month. “Supergirl” cast members visited Coronado before the program first aired on American television, and according to Nielsen ratings, episode one had the best ratings of a new show debut this fall.
“I’m stoked,” said one boy.
“It’s not like you get to meet a famous person every day,” explained a smiling, teenage girl.
“Wonder Woman!” shouted a confused four-year-old girl.
“We’re really appreciative of them showing some love to the Sailors and their families. The kids love this and the parents love it,” said Capt. Stephen Barnett, commanding officer, NBC.
More than 500 people showed up to watch the sneak peak of the show and meet “Supergirl” actress, Melissa Benoist, said Brandon Workman, NBC Morale, Welfare and Recreation .
“‘Supergirl’ was the biggest draw (and) there were several younger girls who came in costume and posed for pictures with her,” he said. “Miss Benoist took time for each of them and provided a positive role-model for kids to look up to.”
The American Forces Network’s (AFN) coverage of the sneak preview was a fortunate accident.
“We were driving to another shoot when we saw the theater marquee promoting the sneak peek the next day,” said Robert Sekula, AFN producer. “We made some calls and re-arranged our schedule so we could cover it.”
The AFN Broadcast Center-Riverside, located on the former March Air Force Base, is a mission partner of the current March Air Reserve Base.
“Supergirl” airs on CBS, Mondays at 8 p.m.