As is typical, CBS won Friday night.  Both Ghost Whisperer and Medium pulling a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49.  The two hour Smallville “Absolute Justice” special averaged a 1.2 rating with adults 18-49.  The first hour of “Absolute Justice” averaged a 1.1 with adults 18-49 and 2.6 million viewers, with the second hour averaging a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and nearly 3 million viewers (2.94).  It was Smallville’s best numbers of the season with viewers and adults 18-49, and its best Friday since the last Friday Night Smackdown! aired on the CW in September 2008.

In the post-Dollhouse era, FOX rose to third place for the night getting a particularly (relatively) healthy 1.8 adults 18-49 rating from Kitchen Nightmares.  A House repeat proved stronger than a Law & Order repeat, at least with adults 18-49.

Shark Tank trailed Kitchen Nightmares with adults 18-49, but the 4.66 million average viewers for its season finale were its biggest ever Friday night audience.

The Jay Leno Show spent its final Friday telecast in its usual fashion – a distant third.

Here is the half hour Smallville detail via Marc Berman:

8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.64 million (#5), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)
8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.56 million (#5), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4t)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.86 million (#5), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#5)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 3.02 million (#5), A18-49: 13/ 4 (#5)

Via the CW:

“A 2-hr SMALLVILLE provided The CW with our best Friday night since Sept 2008 in all key categories, including adults 18-49 (1.2/4), men 18-49 (1.5/5), adults 18-34 (1.1/4), men 18-34 (1.3/5) and total viewers (2.8mil).

In terms of Smallville episodes, this is the highest rated Smallville of the season in total viewers, adults 18-49 (tie) and men 18-49.

Competitively, Smallville ranked #1 from 8-10pm in men 18-49.”


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 2.2/6 8.77
ABC Supernanny 1.5/5 5.39
FOX House (R) 1.3/4 3.85
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.1/3 5.64
CW Smallville 1.1/4 2.60
9:00 CBS Medium 2.2/6 9.10
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.8/5 4.13
NBC Dateline 1.5/5 6.49
ABC Shark Tank 1.4/4 4.66
CW Smallville 1.3/4 2.94
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 2.0/6 9.18
ABC 20/20 1.8/6 8.66
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.2/4 4.46


Ratings data via Marc Berman’s PI forums.

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