In a move that will combine the ire of Smallville and Supernatural fans, The CW has made the decision to push back the return of their Friday night line-up by one week. Instead of returning on January 28, both series will now be back on February 4.

In place of Smallville and Supernatural, The CW will be re-airing Thursday’s return episodes of Nikita and The Vampire Diaries this Friday. While The CW has yet to release a statement explaining their last-minute scheduling decision, many speculate that American Idol may be at the heart of it.

Now that American Idol is airing on Thursday, The CW rightly believes that this will impact the return ratings of Nikita and The Vampire Diaries – considering both have similar demographics. Since both series have been off the air for so long, the network is looking to hold on to as many of their viewers as possible by giving fans another chance to get back into the series.

Of course, that’s not the only theory. Another centers around The Vampire Diaries and Nikita being pre-empted in Chicago and Baltimore (by a mayoral debate and basketball game, respectively) – two major television markets. As with the previous supposition, The CW wants to give both shows the chance to reach as many potential viewers as possible.

Fortunately, Smallville and Supernatural fans will receive a double-dose of their favorite series next week, as The CW will air the final December episodes of both series on Wednesday, February 2, before Friday’s return.

In an attempt to calm any of our angry readers, I can tell you that Supernatural’s return is the best episode yet – so it’s definitely worth waiting for. In fact, the episode is so great and contains so much story progression that I’m not even allowed to say what happens… but it’s a game-changer.

As for Smallville, unfortunately I haven’t seen the episode yet, but with Chloe and Black Canary returning, this will most certainly be an episode to see.

Smallville airs Friday @8pm, on The CW
Supernatural airs Friday @9pm, on The CW

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