Ratings: Smallville Up, Up Over Last Outing

Smallville winged its way back from a four-week hiatus with semi-super numbers.

The first of the show’s final five episodes drew 2.3 million viewers, up 5 percent over its last original outing. In the 18-49 demo, Clark & Co. jumped 11 percent (to a 1.0).

Elsewhere this Friday:

8/7c | ABC’s Shark Tank sank its teeth into series-high numbers with a total audience of 5.3 million and a 1.6 demo rating. CBS’ Chaos matched its unspectacular performance last Friday with 5.5 million viewers and 0.9 in 18-49. Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares was also flat (3.7 million, 1.6), while Friday Night Lights kicked off its final season on NBC down versus its year-ago season 4 premiere (3.5, 0.9).

9/8c | Supernatural spiked 5 percent in viewers (2.2 million) compared to its last fresh outing, while the sure-to-be-renewed drama was down a tick in 18-49. Fringe‘s first new episode in three weeks (no spoilers! haven’t seen!) was also down a smidge (3.6 million, 1.4). ABC’s What Would You Do was virtually unchanged and CSI: NY aired a repeat so, um, no one cares.

10/9c | An encore of CBS’ Blue Bloods was the night’s most-watched show (7.8 million/1.0). NBC’s Dateline and ABC’s 20/20 netted a 5.9/1.5 and 5.1/1.5, respectively.