TV Ratings: ‘Fringe’ Holds Steady, ‘Smallville’ & ‘Supernatural’ Gain

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fringe season 3 promo TV Ratings: Fringe Holds Steady, Smallville & Supernatural Gain

The Friday night science fiction block is holding fast on broadcast TV. Fringe held onto its 1.5 rating last week as Smallville and Supernatural posted a 1.0, a modest gain over the previous week’s 0.9. CBS won the night as usual with the long-running CSI: NY tentpole.

On Fox, Kitchen Nightmares scored a respectable 3.7 million viewers with 1.6 million falling into the all-important 18-49 demographic. Fringe technically lost a tenth of a point in the overall ratings (down to 4 million from last week’s 4.1) but kept its 1.5 core rating. Fringe will take the weeks off and return on Friday, March 11th.

Things are looking even better on The CW. After a couple of weeks of stellar ratings, the network’s staple sci-fi shows Smallville and Supernatural both secured a million 18-49 viewers each. That’s a ten percent gain over last week’s 900,000. Smallville scored 2.5 million overall views, with Supernatural trailing slightly at 2.2. Be sure to check out our wrap-ups and spoiler discussion of Friday’s episodes, ‘Fortune’ and ‘The French Mistake’.

CBS won the most overall viewers on Friday night, as usual. Belushi legal dramedy The Defenders racked up 8.7 million overall views, but only 1.2 in the key demo. CSI: NY, now in its seventh season, scored 10.8 and 1.7 million respectively. The show is down significantly in ratings this year: in the 2009-2010 season it averaged 13 million views an episode with over 3 million in the key demo. Surprisingly, freshman New York cop show Blue Bloods has beat it week after week, scoring 11.5 million overall views and tying CSI:NY‘s 1.5 rating.

smallville supernatural pushed back TV Ratings: Fringe Holds Steady, Smallville & Supernatural Gain

As any fan of the series knows, Smallville is wrapping up its ten-season run later this year. The CW promotion machine has been going into overdrive hyping up the final episodes, but the biggest news yet may be that Michael Rosenbaum, Smallville‘s Lex Luthor, will return before the series ends. Last week’s episode was mostly filler (with some unmistakable inspiration from The Hangover), but there was a small nugget that no fan of the DC Comics Universe should miss.


Smallville airs Fridays @8pm,  on The CW, with Supernatural following @9pm.

Fringe is off this week, but it returns to Fox Friday, March 11th @9pm.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Go Smallville! Not that it matters since this is the last season anyway, but yay!

  2. Can anything even ever go wrong with Supernatural and Smallville?

    • Did ya see last weeks Smallville? That was about as wrong as it gets. It goes down in the top ten worst episodes of all time.

      • loved it , it was great fun, It offered a nice exit for Chole, iT lets Oliver Disappear for a bit and it has a great line, that tips its hat at Batman and Wonder Woman. This was the deep breath before the mad dash. Im pretty comfortable with guessing that the remainder of the season will be all out conclusion on many of the lose strings.

        • Oliver isnt going anywhere though, he is in all of the remaining episodes, he has been marked by Darkseid, and is that really the ending for Chloe? Sucks if it was, but I imagine she will be back for the finale.
          I’m worried they will run out of time to really give these stories the attention they deserve.
          Scion is all about Superboy and Lionel.
          Kent… No one knows about that one.
          Booster is Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

          So those episodes are unlikely to progress the main story along at all.

          That only leaves Dominion, Prophecy and Finale. To cover Darkseid, Zod, Supergirl and the massive return of Lex Luthor. Gonna be a squeeze to fit all that in, and they can waste an entire episode on gumpf like “Fortune”?

          • Actually…when u put it that way DrSam, I’d have to agree, lol. You’re just stating the facts, I respect that :-) They should be treating each episode as gold and wrapping up as much as they can with what time they have left.

          • The finale is 2 hours though. That’s 4 episodes to cover the 4 things you just said. All this is telling me is that the last few episodes will be epic!

            Anyway, yeah “Fortune” wasn’t the best episode, but it was fun. I felt that we needed some fun in the midst of all this “Darkness” ;)

        • I keep reading people saying this was a nice exit for Chloe but I didn’t see it that way. Ollie will definitely be back, since he has been infected by Darkseid, but I didn’t see how this was Chloe’s swan song either.

          • I thought it was an awful exit for Chloe, as annoying as her character is, she deserved better than that. I always thought killing her off would have been the best thing to do.

  3. Lol ya I thought it was pretty fun too! I was laughing at all the crazy things that happened, for most of the episode. I know it obvs raised more questions than answers for a lot of fans (including me!) but hey, no one’s going to get it right ALL the time. Plus, it’s not like that episode defines the entire decade of Smallville as a whole; okay so it wasn’t the best but at least we have the last 6 episodes to look forward to. I for one, wait with great anticipation…

    • Yeah the episode had a few funny moments (Clark superspeeding into the wall) but it just such nonsense when they need to be doing epic story stuff instead, and as a farewell to Chloe it was pretty poor.
      Easily the worst episode of the season, considering every other episode so far has been excellent.

      • DSM,

        Yeah, I don’t know why they’re pissing away the last few episodes of the final season of the series with this dumb movie rip-offs.



        • It’s just crazy, they have put so much effort into this season, really got the characters where they need to be, gone way deeper with the writing than ever before, produced some outstanding episodes….. And then they do an episode like Fortune that is of no benefit to the character or the viewer.
          Were they simply trying to save money? For a truly kick ass Finale?

  4. With their best ratings ever and Lex Luthor back maybe they’re going to spin off:


    The story of how Lex Luthor became the Master of Metropolis, the 2nd richest man in the world who’s only impediment to ultimate power is the intrepid Lois Lane pulitzer prize winning journalist and ?fiancee of lost somewhere Clark Kent. Superman is off on secret mission and periodically checks in with Lois although he is not seen. Maybe the new Superboy can step in for some saves?

    • Michael Rosenbaum left because he was tired of playing Lex Luthor (and shaving his head)

      I would love a spin off, but I doubt it will happen :(

  5. Last weeks Fringe with the 80′s retro intro. Magic. I didn’t want it to end.

    Walternate becoming a more sympathetic character and the beautiful Orla Brady as his wife..terrific!

    There was a deep connection between young Peter and Olivia…how come they don’t recall that? Did I miss something?

    • I agree 100% about the 80′s intro. That was so cool. I’m really getting into Fringe…

  6. Fringe is a captivating but complex show.

    I am a big fan of the show, but understand why others are not. You cannot jump in and start enjoying the show without having watched all of the previous episodes.

    That said, I’m hoping Fringe is renewed for at least another season.

  7. Want to save Fringe contact the sponsors. Biggest Sprint look at the product placement. We all use cell phones, this works Chuck fans did it with subway. money talks. keith