A full fourth season has been ordered for the sci-fi drama.
March 24, 2011
Some exciting news for Fringe fans this evening. Fox has confirmed that the struggling science fiction drama has been renewed for a full 22-episode fourth season.
For a while now the show has been considered to be on the bubble for cancellation, with a recent slide in the ratings causing it be moved to Fridays back in January of this year. A number of other Fox shows that were previously moved to Fridays - "Dollhouse" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" come to mind - were subsequently canceled not long after the move.
Taking a look at the ratings, last season in its Thursday timeslot Fringe averaged a 2.3 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic. This season before the move to Fridays, it was averaging a much lower 1.8 in the same category - only earning above a 2.0 rating once (on its premiere night).
Since the move, the Fringe hasn't fared any better - averaging a 1.5. Last Friday's episode actually hit a series low 1.3 rating, with 3.85 million overall viewers. It is important to note, however, that Friday shows aren't expected to pull in ratings numbers as high as other days of the week.
Fox is also quick to point out that on its new night, Fringe is the Number 1 series in the adults 18-49 demo. This likely takes into account the show's time-shifting viewers as well, but clearly the network sees potential for the show as a solid Friday night performer with this full season pickup.
(Source: TV Line)
05/26/13 at 10:56pm
please don't cancel fringe. this is one the best shows I have ever watched. I have always been a sci-fi buff and have been watching it for quite a while now and yes I am also in my sixties. I would like to see a lot more of these type of shows. please keep it on.
05/17/12 at 09:05pm
I look forward to fridays cuz of fringe it sucks that all they get is one more season Fox sucks with all the crap reality tv, im glad fringe has lasted as long as it did
04/26/12 at 11:01am
Ladies and gents you guys DO COUNT!! at any age...just wish the networks weren't so inudated with reality show crap...I enjoy watching FRINGE. Love the outside-the-box topics. Such a refreshing change. And why do we need 12weeks worth of IDOL drama times two nights per week? Seriously can someone please pull the plug on IDOL??, X Factior, and all those other singing soap operas?? PLEASE LEAVE FRINGE ALONE!!
03/27/12 at 06:03am
i really like fringe and lookforeward to viewing it here in the uk its got some gripping storylines and me of a tender age of 57 yes i am a oldie who loves fringe !
12/05/11 at 03:16pm
What are not taken into consideration is rating from outside sources such as outside to age group, downloads, outside the US. Why are these areas not taken into consideration?
08/28/11 at 10:00am
I guess at 66 I don't count either. What I don't understand is why the shows I like get canceled - most of the people I know - even much younger than I like the same stuff I do, but the ratings don't seem to show that. I wonder when was the last time the ratings people thought outside the box? The same people have been doing ratings the same way for so long they seem to have lost touch!
08/04/11 at 05:12pm
I really like FRINGE but since I am 56 I guess I don't count !? Thank-You Fox for hanging in there with this show; I REALLY miss FIREFLY!