Tom Selleck, 'Blue Bloods' set Friday pace; 'Smallville' finale soars
Author Orlando Sentinel. Published on May 21, 2011 - 3:27 am (2090 views — 276 words
Clark Kent (Tom Welling) got a lift in the ratings as Smallville ended its 10-year run Friday night.
But Tom Selleck and Blue Bloods were still the biggest thing going for the night. The CBS drama averaged 11.4 million viewers for its first-season finale. CBS CSI: NY was second with 10.2 million for its season finale. And CBS Flashpoint was the No. 3 series on broadcast television with 7.5 million viewers.
CBS won the night by averaging 9.7 million viewers. The other broadcast networks lagged: NBC with 4.8 million, Disney-owned ABC with 4.4 million and Fox with 3.5 million.
But The CW was better than usual as Smallville exited with 3 million fans. It was the shows most-watched episode since Oct. 15, and The CWs best Friday since that day.
SPOLIER ALERT: Clark got his cape, stepped into the Superman role and saw Lex Luthor elected president in 2018. It was a rousing fadeout, especially when the John Williams music signaled that, yes, Superman had arrived.
NBC aired Friday Night Lights (2.8 million) and two hours of Dateline (5.8 million). ABC supplied Shark Tank (5 million), Primetime: What Would You Do? (3.7 million) and 20/20? (with 4.4 million). And Fox offered a new Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 million) and a rerun of the same show (3.2 million). CBS edged Fox for the lead in the 18-to-49 age group.
In Orlando, Blue Bloods was the top show with 173,400 viewers. Rounding out the top five were CSI: NY with 160, 100, Flashpoint with 112,000, Shark Tank with 82,300 and Dateline with 75,700. But Smallville, which had 55,400 viewers in all, was No. 1 in the 25-to-54 age group.