Ratings: Friday Night Lights Up, Fringe Hits Low

In what was overall not a very good Friday for TV, NBC’s Friday Night Lights enjoyed one of the precious few week-to-week gains, inching up from its season premiere to 3.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating.

But elsewhere? Yikes.

Smallville, despite positive buzz surrounding the visit from Booster Gold, dipped 10 percent in the demo to a 0.9, and slipped a few points to 2.23 million viewers. Lead-out Supernatural held steady in the demo (0.9) but lassoed barely 2 million total viewers.

Fox’s already renewed Fringe dropped 14 percent to a series-low 1.2 demo rating, drawing 3.5 million total viewers.

Even ABC’s Shark Tank fell 7 percent, to a 1.4 demo rating. And it has sharks! What?

Friday’s big winner? CBS’ Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country special, which was tops in the demos (1.6) and in total viewers (8.5 mil).