I just was thinking while writing on the Superboy thread that Superman has had his ups and downs in movies and comics, but one era where he has never failed to deliver is in television.
Superman of the 50’s, Superboy, Lois and Clark and Smallville have all been successes. Yes Superboy does not hold up well and it’s lack of being able to be re-run after it’s initial airing has left it mostly forgotten by the masses, but it was still a hit. And all of those shows ran for 100 episodes or more except for Lois and Clark but at 4 seasons and 87 episodes it was hardly a failure and was a hit show in it’s day.
Supergirl is still on the air but at 4 seasons it is going to at least tie Lois and Clark but I think it is safe to say will almost surely make it to another seasons and likely 100 episodes or more. It may be criticized by some for it’s preaching and politics but it is a hit by any stretch.
And Krypton is still only gearing up for season 2, so it could possibly hit a wall and fail, and given SyFy’s track record is not likely to get 100 episodes when all is said and done. But so far has been a hit for SyFy and well recieved by the public despite it’s rocky start behind the scenes and initial skepticism.
So as of now despite Superman (and his world in general) having more adaptions than any other superhero by far on TV, he currently has 100% success record. Even in a time when Superhero and Sci-fi shows in general were a risky gambit that usually failed, Superman has always delivered a hit show.
Even Batman can’t claim that as Birds of Prey was a one season failure, leaving him 2 for 3, and while Wonder Woman arguably is one of the best TV series adaptions of a comic book, but her other two attempts at a TV show have failed to take off and by all accounts were not good.
Superman may not be Batman in terms of popularity and has had more duds the successes in the movies (although the ones that have worked have worked great), but seems he has conquered TV if nothing else.