Friday’s ‘Fringe’ Ratings Worst In Series History

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 22nd, 2011 at 8:42 am,

Fringe ratings fall 8 18 Fridays Fringe Ratings Worst In Series History

Bad news, Fringe fans. Last Friday’s body-snatching episode, “Stowaway”, had the worst ratings the show has ever seen.

The episode pulled in 3.8 million viewers, with just 1.3 million in the crucial 18-49 range. That’s a 13% decline from the previous week, and a 35% drop from Fringe‘s first episode in its new Friday slot. The show aired opposite the NCAA Final Four tournament on CBS.

Fringe‘s future has been murky ever since Fox decided to move the show to the infamous “Friday night death slot”. After a good start, the show started to bleed viewers, and last week’s disappointing numbers may ring the death knell for the fan-favorite series.

If Fringe’s numbers don’t improve, its chances of returning to television next Fall are slim. Fox is preparing three science fiction series for the new season: Stephen Spielberg’s dino drama Terra Nova, Tim Kring’s character-focused superpower show Touch and J. J. Abrams’ time-bender Alcatraz. (Abrams also co-created Fringe for the network.) All three will require significant resources and advertising, and Fox won’t think twice about cutting Fringe out of the equation.

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Fringe‘s lead-in reality cooking show Kitchen Nightmares did better than Fringe with 1.5 million target viewers (3.742 million overall). Over on The CW, Smallville and Supernatural also lost viewers, but both were rerun episodes. Smallville scored 1.4 million overall views with just 800,000 in the target demographic. As usual Supernatural fared slightly worse at 1.3 million and 800,000 respectively. The fact that Fringe lost numbers even while The CW’s sci-fi shows aired repeats does not bode well at all.

While the extenuating circumstances of the basketball tournament and spring break for millions of students and faculty may soften the blow, the simple fact is that the numbers don’t look good for the three Friday science fiction shows. However,  Smallville fans needn’t worry as their favorite is coming to a close anyway, and if CW president Dawn Ostroff is to be believed, a seventh season of Supernatural is in the works.


Smallville airs Fridays @8pm on The CW, with Supernatural following @9pm.

Fringe airs Fridays @9pm on Fox.

Source: Zap2it

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  1. they need to get away from this alternate universe crew and get back to the show we fell in love with.

    • I actually love the parallel universe. I’m really hoping Fringe gets a fourth season. It’s a surprisingly poetic show that I really enjoy.

    • I agree 1,000 percent they are throwing too many spins for the audience to keep up. they need to take it back to basics, plus they can’t expect to have great box office numbers on fridays, and TV numders as well. if a good movie opens on friday night the TV numbers will go down, people do like to go out on the weekends.

  2. Is it fair to put the show in jeopardy when it’s being put up against the ncaa tournament? i don’t know how college basketball is in the rest of the country but here in k.c., it’s a really big deal. our eyes were on the ku and kstate games. i bet there were a lot more numbers in dvr and online audience for the show. i personally prefer to go out on friday nights so i usually have to watch the show saturday mornings online since they moved days.

  3. Well, those who didn’t watch didn’t miss much. Last weeks episode might have been the worst one of the series. This whole Olivia/Bell mind meld thing is just stupid.

  4. The show is awesome! I was telling my girlfriend during the show how I wished it was house then fringe like last season. I had a feeling friday nights was gonna kill it. I have to agree with Alex. This whole thing with Bell in her body thing is really odd, not that the show is normal anyway, but this is truly bizarre.. its still one of the best shows on and a must watch!

  5. Yeah , but the NCAA tournament was on While Kitchen Nightmares was on too,
    And your in bad shape when your lead in does better then you do.

  6. I HATE fox. They know how to mess up a good thing and they have had plenty of practice at blowing it. Fridays are not TV nights, they are get out of the house nights for me and most. I just hate to see fox do to Fringe as they did to Firefly. I will stop watching FOX all together, who wants to get hooked on a show to have the network muck it up?

    • I agree with Shane I hate Rupert Murdoch he has no idea what the people want

  7. Ok seriously, they need to keep Fringe going but give it a better time slot. Here in Aus we miss heaps and theres gaps all the way through which is frustrating.

  8. CORRECTION: Fringe airs Fridays @9pm on Fox.

    Save Fringe.

  9. Errrrrrrrr… Fringe airs at 9pm, not 8pm. And it’s against SUPERNATURAL, not Smallville. Seriously. :\

  10. It’s on Friday. What did FOX expect to happen? Friday’s are notorious for trying the waters with a new iffy show or to kick a show out into the cold and see if it survives (which most do not).

    They should never have moved the show in the first place.

  11. @Travis, Nic
    Post is updated – thanks for the catch, guys.

  12. I’m hoping the whole alternate universe plot line stops being the cause for everything “Fringe” on the planet, But other than that I love this show,I have To watch it online (all of season3 in three days!) due to having bad tv and good internet finally but Ive fallen in love with this show it really deserves a 4th season, it is so well written on the whole and Anna Torv has amazing range as an actress pulling off 3 versions of herself to date, Fringe rules and must be saved!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. if they insist on running new episodes right now then they should do it on a day the NCAA tournament is not on.

  14. Save this show!

    And why was it moved in the first place? Anyone remember when it first debuted in the Tuesday slot and averaged almost 9-10 million viewers? Why the switch to Thursday which only made things wrong?

  15. I find it amazing that Fringe pulled in just under four million viewers but is considered a ratings failure. Yeah, the 18-49 demo matters but it’s not the end all-be all of television ratings. I think it’s ridiculous that FOX executives are just ignoring 2.5 million viewers because they apparently don’t count.

  16. Moving a show like Fringe that’s prime audience is 18-35 year olds to Friday nights does seem like poor judgement to me. A huge percentage of that age range goes out on Friday night. Couldn’t they have found something for teenagers or old folks to put in that time slot?

  17. i thought it was stupidest idea to move such an epic show to friday night, and now it’s going to get cancelled because of that way to go fox. I love where there going with fringe …ya its out there but i like it for its originality they’re going places no ones has ever gone before