“Exile on Main St.” is the first episode of the sixth season of paranormaldrama television series Supernatural and the 105th overall. The episode was written by new showrunner Sera Gamble and directed by executive producer Phil Sgriccia. It was first broadcast on September 24, 2010 on The CW in its new timeslot on Friday nights.
One year after Sam (Jared Padalecki) entered Lucifer’s Cage, Dean has been living a normal life with Lisa and Ben, no longer hunting demons. He hangs out with his neighbor, Sid (Russell Porter), but refuses to speak about his past as a hunter. He begins noticing strange occurrences in his neighborhood such as hearing screaming and seeing claw marks on doors. He is confronted by an hallucination of Azazel (Fredric Lehne) until Sam appears and sedates him.
Having regained consciousness, Sam reveals he mysteriously was freed from Lucifer‘s Cage a year ago. Throughout that time, he hunted along with his resurrected grandfather Samuel Campbell (Mitch Pileggi) and their cousins, Gwen (Jessica Heafey), Christian (Corin Nemec) and Mark (David Paetkau). They’ve been hunting a Djinn that wants revenge after they killed one of them. The Djinn kills another Campbell member who was sent to watch Ben and Lisa. Sensing they’re in danger, Dean places them with Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) — who also knew Sam was resurrected a year ago—until everything is safe
They see the Djinn wreaking chaos and try to capture him. Dean is attacked and gets hallucinations of Mary‘s death reversing Ben and Lisa. Sam rescues Dean and kills other Djinns. When they leave, Samuel and the Campbells capture another Djinn. Sam tries to convince Dean to return to hunting but he refuses, although states that they will keep in touch.
The episode was watched by 2.90 million viewers with a 1.3/5 share among adults aged 18 to 49. This was a 2% increase in viewership from the fifth-season finale, which was watched by 2.84 million viewers but a 15% decrease from the previous season premiere, which was watched by 3.40 million viewers. This means that 1.3 percent of all households with televisions watched the episode, while 5 percent of all households watching television at that time watched it. Supernatural ranked as the second most watched program on The CW in the day, behind Smallville.