‘Smallville’ Finale Ratings Are Up, Up And Away

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 16th, 2011 at 8:49 am,

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Last night the finale of Smallville‘s ten-season run scored a major upswing in the ratings. The episode secured almost three million viewers, with an even better boost in the demographic score.

Smallville‘s total viewership was 2.97 million, up an impressive 49% from the last episode and matching the season premiere. The surge was the most the series has seen since October, when the 200th episode Homecoming drew in crowds of 3.2 million to see the return of Kristen Kreuk and Allison Mack.

But even more impressive was Smallville‘s jump in the prime 18-49 demographic. The show’s target viewers jumped 63% for a 1.3 rating in the prime demo, some of the best numbers all season.

It’s no surprise that Smallville garnered a big turnout for its farewell show, with ten seasons of backstory and eager Superman fans waiting for the final reveal. Judging by Screen Rant‘s review and the comments therein, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.

Despite the positive buzz, the show’s ratings have been on the slide for the last few years. The 10th season will average out to less than 2.5 million viewers per episode. That’s slightly better than last year (2.4 million) but a far cry from earlier seasons where Smallville scored in the 4 million range.

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On the lower end of the TV spectrum, CBS continues to dominate Friday nights. CSI: NY ended the night with 10.2 million total viewers, with a small dip in demographic ratings to 1.5 – the lowest this year. CSI:NY is a bubble show, and has yet to be renewed. CBS’ new cop drama Blue Bloods gained 13% for 11.4 million viewers and a 1.7 rating.

Flashpoint, another CBS cop show, scored 7.5 million viewers with a 1.3 rating, up significantly in its demographic score. At NBC, football drama Friday Night Lights dropped to 2.8 million total viewers with a paltry .7 rating. Fox aired a new episode of Kitchen Nightmares for a 1.5 rating, then aired a repeat over Fringe‘s regular slot.

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Source: TV Line

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  1. I just wish they would have given us a truly awesome epic fight between darksied and superman. But even with it’s shortcomings in the battle department smallville has been my favorite show for the past 10 years. I’m really gonna miss it. Hope they make a few tv movies as follow ups. that would be awesome!!!

  2. I just watched the final season this past Friday on the 13th, Boy I had a great time watching this Superman series, and it took for years for Clark to become Superman dressed in the Red & Blue Costume with the cape. Hallejuah, to that

  3. I personally liked the Finale.. yes, it had a few flaws, but I left feeling satisfied and sad to see it go. I really liked how they came back to the original Superman story and I liked how Lois Lane helped Clark Kent become the person he was. Granted, she originally doesn’t find out about Clark Kent being superman.. but I never liked that from any other Superman story. It is the same with Spiderman not having a web.. but becoming smart and creating his own web… it seems not very realistic. I love the character who plays Lois Lane, Erica Durance, she brings so much to the character. I also like the superman has that suddlenness to him.. he is kind of stand offish and to himself. I was a little disappointed they didn’t get married and had to wait seven years… what’s up with that. My favorite part of the whole episode was where lois Lane stands up to the Secretary of State and civilization for launching a nuc.. and in turn stands up for Clark… the person she is always protecting. Somethings were a little cheesy.. ha ha or like when Martha Kent and his father said goodbye he didn’t go to the fortress he went to find Tess.. I was confused by that. Oh goodbye smallville how I will miss you guys.

  4. One of the things I liked most, was that even though I had seen very little of the last 3 seasons, I could still follow and understand the finale. I appreciated that it was written in that self-explanatory way. I enjoyed the finale a lot.

  5. I heard “Hellcats” was cancelled, Maybe Tom Welling can work
    on bringing a spinoff to TV now! A Green Arrow TV show or even
    a “Supergirl” TV show as Laura Vandervoort is free now cause “V”
    also has been cancelled.

    • I think a Supergirl TV series shall be adapted this year

  6. I’ve watched Smallville from the beginning. I grew up watching the 1950s Superman tv series with George Reeves on Saturday afternoons & the movies featuring Christopher Reeves as the Man Of Steel. Smallville had its share of hits & misses, especially the too long drawn out theme of Lana as Clark’s 1st love. Yeah, that got painful to watch drag on after awhile. Then here a few years ago we had Bryan Singer’s God awful adaptation of the last son of Krypton brought to the big screen. After watching Smallville’s final episode I feel about it the same as I do Superman Returns. Basically it sucked. Not only are we cheated from seeing a full frame close up of Clark dressed as Superman, the final confrontation with Darkseid was lame! I mean a possessed Lionel Luthor?? Seriously?? This final show should have been so much better than it was. I mean I could go on about all the other details involved that reduced it to muckery, but what’s the point. It was a complete disappointment 10 years in the making!

  7. Let’s hope the new Superman reboot movie won’t be another disappointment,
    the Green Lantern movie looks more & more like a real winner, it’s about
    time we seen another DC hero on the big screen besides Batman & Superman.

  8. This story says that Kreuk and Mack returned for the episode Homecoming, but neither were in that episode. In fact Kreuk hadn’t been on the show since 2009.