NBC announced today that America Ferrera will be leaving Superstore following the current season that ends on Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Ferrera stars as Amy and also serves as an executive producer. Superstore was recently picked up for its sixth season.
“The last five years on ‘Superstore’ have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career,” said America Ferrera. “Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller.
“I’m so grateful to my partners at NBC and Universal Television for the support and belief they have always placed in the show, and I’m most thankful to the brilliant Justin Spitzer for creating the funny, smart and relevant world of ‘Superstore’ and inviting me to be a part of it. As I start the next chapter for my family and career, I wish only the best, and much continued success, to my beloved ‘Superstore’ family.”
Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television, commented: “America is a force of nature who not only pours her heart and soul into acting and producing on ‘Superstore,’ but into the many causes and initiatives she supports. Over the last five seasons she has earned our gratitude and respect.”
Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, also said: “America’s immeasurable contributions to ‘Superstore,’ both in front of and behind the camera as well as an ambassador for the show, can’t possibly be quantified. We feel so fortunate to call her both a colleague and friend.”
In its fifth season, Superstore is averaging a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens. The season premiere has surged to a 3.4 in 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers when viewing on all platforms is counted, four times the episode’s next-day “live plus same day” 0.8 rating in 18-49.
Superstore continues to rank as one of NBC’s strongest digital performers, generating 50% of its “live plus 35 day” 18-49 average this season from digital sources, tying “The Good Place” as NBC’s most digital series so far this season.
“We’re thrilled that ‘Superstore’ continues to speak to many important and topical issues while simultaneously being hilarious,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta when the sixth season pickup was announced.
Superstore centers around Amy (America Ferrera), who recently was promoted to be the store manager and is the glue holding the place together, and Jonah (Feldman), a dreamer determined to prove work doesn’t have to be boring.
Their fellow associates include the sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn), the sweet and clueless Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom), and the perpetually dismissed Sandra (Kaliko Kauahi).
Also on the team are Glenn (Mark McKinney), who stepped down as manager in an attempt to have more family time, and Dina (Lauren Ash), the aggressive assistant manager who enforces Cloud 9 policy with an iron fist. Mateo (Nico Santos) was also part of the team, recently as the self-promoted floor supervisor, until being detained due to his undocumented status.
Superstore was created by Justin Spitzer, who serves as an executive producer with America Ferrera, director Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad. Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green serve as executive producers and co-showrunners.
Superstore is produced by Universal Television, Spitzer Holding Company, Miller Green Broadcasting and The District.