Late last night, the pilot episode for CBS's much-debated "Supergirl" series leaked online, almost six months ahead of the series' scheduled November debut. Available in 1080p hi-def resolution and absent the typical watermarks associated with review copies, Variety reports that the episode has been downloaded 192,000 times as of today at 9:30 AM PT.
Considering the quality of the leak and lack of a watermark usually found on review copies, some -- including Forbes -- have wondered if this could be a controlled leak set up by CBS or Warner Bros. in order to generate positive buzz for the show. Even with its premiere months away, the show has already scored a positive review from io9 writer Rob Bricken, who praised the leaked episode.
It's worth noting that something similar happened with the CW's "Flash" pilot last June, although that incident was proven to be the result of legitimate theft. Despite the leak, the episode -- which was met with a positive response similar to that of "Supergirl's" pilot -- went on to score the highest rated CW debut in five years when the show premiered last October.
Warner Bros. Television and CBS both declined comment when reached by CBR News.