Joshua Jackson Says ‘Fringe’ Needs Fan Support

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joshua jackson fringe Joshua Jackson Says ‘Fringe’ Needs Fan Support

Fans hoping that Fringe is on the fast lane for renewal might need to quell their speculative enthusiasm, because Fox’s sci-fi cult series is by no means out of the dark and cancellation is still very much a possibility.

Now, Peter Bishop himself, Joshua Jackson is speaking out – in the hopes of creating a groundswell of fan support.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Jackson revealed that even though Fringe started out well in its new Friday night timeslot, the ratings as of recent haven’t been stellar… and everyone (including the network) is noticing.

Despite Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly raving about Fringe’s success last week, things appeared to have changed after the recent episode of Fringe continued the series’ noticeable ratings decline.

Here’s what Joshua Jackson has to say about Fringe and what he suggests fans should do if they want the series to stick around for another season:

“I’m a positive person in general, but we really need our Fringe fans to tune in and watch us on Fridays. We did good when we first moved, but last week we did not have a good week, ratings wise. It is going to take the people [who] like the show to watch the show and start the campaign and show their support if they want to see us stick around for another season.”

The request has been made, Fringe fans. How can you make sure that you’re doing your part to help save your favorite series? It’s simple: watch Fringe at 9pm, on Fox – anything else doesn’t help.

While there are many, many ways to watch Fringe after it has aired, these means do not provide any support to the series. Hulu, Fox.com and (obviously) illegal torrents do nothing but provide supplement viewing options – and doesn’t have any impact on a network’s decision to renew a series.

Why? Because Fox makes almost no money outside of the original airing – even DVRing the episode doesn’t help. While The Nielsen Ratings will add a week’s worth of DVR viewings to the ratings, the networks and advertisers don’t even count those numbers. Even though I’m sure many will say it’s unfair not to count the DVR viewings, you already know why they don’t – most people skip the commercials on recorded programming.

So, if you really are a fan of Fringe and want the series to stick around for another year, will you be able to find the time to watch the series when it airs? If not, do you have any right to complain if it gets canceled?

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Fringe airs Fridays @9pm, on Fox.

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  1. This makes me sad, the dvr ratings should count too. Not everyone is home all day to sit around and watch tv. I still enjoy the show just as much as everyone who happens to have free Friday nights.

    • yeah…..exactly we have lives outside our weekly fringe fix lol

  2. My best hopes for the show! I’m a huge fan!!! But if DVR is not being counted, think about watching it from Mexico. :S

  3. Correct me if I am wrong, but since I am not a Nielsen family, does it matter if I watch live or dvr? The ratings system absolutely must catch up with todays technology. With all the newer tvs coming out that can hook up to the internet and cable being digital now, every tv should be counted, not just a sampling. And I thought Bones/Fringe was a great combination, now, both nights seem to be missing something.

    • If you’re a booklet Nielsen family, it doesn’t matter… you can just write it whatever you want.

      If you’re a machine family, yes it matters.

  4. maybe if fox wanted to see good ratings they shouldn’t have put it on friday night when the main demographic audience is going out on fridays.

  5. yes! i actually skip supernatural so i can watch fringe when its on – so unfair i have to make that choice but supernatural has a super strong fan base and it is on its way out where as fringe is still a baby :)

    • yeah, I do the same to help the ratings for Fringe…they should have never put those two shows on the same day and time slot, and i agree, unfortunately Fringe is still a baby

      • let alone put em on friday lol

  6. when are the networks gonna realize that sites like Hulu and dvr are the most popular formats for watching shows anymore … the times are changing, people don’t have to be Velcro’d to a couch anymore.

    • It’s not the networks, it’s the advertisers. Fox gets the money to pay for Fringe from its advertisers during original broadcast. Hulu doesn’t pay much and DVRs don’t count.

      • i understand the concept but on the other hand … lets be real … people don’t care about advertising … if it’s funny then yeah it’s cool but all in all everyone flips channels during commercials or they go to the fridge so realistically commercials are mostly ineffective.

  7. I will watch aka i’ll leave my tv on while I go out and do friday night activities.

    I have roommates, I should put Fringe on their tvs too.

    • It doesn’t matter if you leave your tv on while you are out, it only counts if you have a Nielson box attached. And then you have to verify every half hour that you are still watching.

  8. Unfortunately, being here in the UK means I can’t show my support, let alone watch it since it’s on hiatus here! Argh, c’mon people, watch it already!!

    • …and the fact that Sky stopped broadcasting mid season & won’t resume till April is v annoying. Shame as it’s a well written & superbly acted show.

  9. Well, I don’t like Fringe. It’s a X Files reboot+ Mirror Universe from ST, but It does not work out. Poor ratings,poor scripts…Best thing? Next year a new tv series. Fringe does not deserve more chances. Same standars for everybody

    • This series is completely different from x-files and I was an avid x-files watcher. This show seems to have an end game, whereas x-files did not. This show is much better. Now go watch it.

      • Bravo Jason!!!!!

    • I don’t know why people who are not fan’s on the show have to but in, people like the show. I love the show, and your option is worthless if your not a fan. O lets cancel the show because this guy doesn’t like it!

  10. I am a DVRer, I hate watching live tv but I really like this show. So tonite I will watch it live and go to my happy place during commercials

  11. Have seen ALL frindge shows. dont stop!!!! great actors and storys. please keep it coming. I am hooked

  12. I’m watching, Joshua. I am, I am!

    • i love this show but are you as annoyed as i am that they’re pulling the peter met and befriended olivia as kids twist? lol

  13. If FOX can’t figure out how to make money with the characters/cast on Fringe, they need to fire a bunch of suits who don’t have a clue how to sell or run a business. Those characters are gold. Divert some our your energies from boobs and car wreck programming and concentrate on building sales tools to raise awareness of this great show. I think your sitting on a gold mine…you just don’t have a clue how to position it or sell it. Because all you concentrate on is mindless instant gratification programming. I believe you could do better – you just don’t have the right people in pinstripes to know how to realize value. You are leaving money on the table and don’t even know it.

    • It’s FOX. These are the people who let George Lucas keep all the merchandising rights to Star Wars, and cancelled Family Guy twice.

  14. I was rather bummed that “Fringe” was moved to Fridays. I will forever be a fan of “Fringe”.

  15. Those of you who have a DVR with an IR blaster connected to your digital cable box, guess what? That’s how you can register as having watched the show. Nielsen’s be damned. If WB would step up and front some of the cash for the shows to offset the up front cost of making them so that they can do the Blu Ray’s and Hulu’s and on and on, then Fringe would survive longer. However, I’m sure ABC would love another JJ Abram’s series on their guilded network.

    -CJ

  16. But that will NEVER stop me from watching “Fringe”!!

  17. I don’t really know what to do to help because I’m not a Nielsen viewer so it doesn’t matter how or when I watch. I don’t think Nielsen is very accurate nowadays with all the different methods people can watch tv shows. Fringe needs a fourth season. TPTB need to set an end date like they did with Lost. Say season 4 is the last so they map out their season and give us a fantastic ending.

  18. I have become a huge fan of Fringe mainly due to edge-of-my-seat JJ Abrams-produced shows such as Alias and LOST. But nevertheless, the script, the acting, the music, and the plot of these shows all share the same equation for an incredible epic story. Something that reality shows and good cop/bad cop shows will never have. It is unfortunately that Fringe is being sabotaged by being moved to the worse possible time slot. I pray that the show survives because I am expecting yet another spectacular ending from JJ and his collaborative writers and people deserve to see it unfold naturally and not abruptly.

  19. DVRing makes no difference to FOX whether the show stays on or not, after all they have no way of knowing whether anyone watches or not! Only Nielson ratings matter and the number of Nielson families is a very small percentage of viewership. In the end only letters to the network count beyond Nielson ratings!

  20. What one must do to save our show??? Please share fans what we can do…..PLEASE!

  21. FOX is stupid. I can’t even remember the last time a show that I loved actually completed it’s run on FOX.

    • i can lol last year with 24 and FOX still has a few good shows

      the only ones i watch though are house, fringe, and A.I.

    • fox still has two and a half men =)

      • and how could i forget the simpsons lol

        i only consider two and a half men on cbs though since they show the new episodes

  22. Just wish that Fringe would get back to the way the scripts were in the first season. I really miss funny Walter, he’s too serious now, and I miss that every week there was some new sci-fi type crisis that the team worked on, with great effects and a bit of Walters humor mixed in. Now it’s all one story line, week after week.

    • Amen to that – they need more “stand-alone” episodes to draw-in new viewers.

  23. “Damn you Fox, damn you to hell!!!”

  24. If the rating were doing half way decent, why did they move it to Friday? The death slot. Did they think ratings were going to increase? Neilson way of rating is still stuck in the 60′s and 70′s. All the other technology has changed, but Neilson has remained the same, just write your favorite shows on the paper and send it back.

    In the 60′s and 70′s a 1 hour episode contained 53 minutes of programming, now we are down to 43 minutes, yes 43 minutes. How long before it’s going to be a 50/50 split. 30 minutes of programming and 30 minutes of advertising.

    ST TOS 53 minutes per episode 60′s

    Fast forward to now

    Fringe 43/44 minutes of programming, no wonder people want to DVR and skip 17 minutes od advertising.

    Did anyone realize this shortening of fringe, TSCC, etc etc etc.

    • i loved season the most because commercials were never longer than 90 seconds :)

      • season 1*

  25. The ratings are counted out of 5000 people in the US it has nothing to do with watching it live or recording it.

  26. i saw a preview for the adjustment bureau last night and it reminded me so much of fringe

  27. This is quite obsurd. If FOX wanted to keep a very very popular series like FRinge on the air…they should keep the show on air EVERY WEEK, Instead of all these gaps and no shows, leaving people with a poor recollection of what actually happnened in the previous episode. If a popular show is favourited by someone, and they leave the hour free on a specific night, in which they’ve looked forward to all week, to then sit down to watch…and nothing comes on??? That is what annoys people, that is what bores people into losing all interest in a show, which they have no guarantees is going to be shown!
    I mean, stopping Fringe on episode 9 of the 3rd season, and then starting again more than 2 months later??? How on Earth do they expect anyone to stay loyal to show that isnt being shown?? If FOX hwat high rating…stick to the schendule..and show the programs on time, every week like the audience expect, othereise, who is going to watch a show when they think it’s not even on.
    If i recall, Fringe has had 4 “2 week” no shows and a 2 month gap. Tell me, who’s is going to stay glued to a show they can clearly see isnt on TV??

    NO good blaming the public audience FOX…You’re to blame!!

    • So true!

  28. This is quite absurd. If FOX wanted to keep a very very popular series like Fringe on the air…they should keep the show on air EVERY WEEK, Instead of all these gaps and no shows, leaving people with a poor recollection of what actually happened in the previous episodes. If a popular show is favourited by someone, and they leave the hour free on a specific night, which they’ve looked forward to all week, to then sit down to watch and nothing comes on??? That is what annoys people, that is what bores people into losing all interest in a show, which they have no guarantee is going to be shown!
    I mean, stopping Fringe on episode 9 of the 3rd season, and then starting again more than 2 months later??? How on Earth do they expect anyone to stay loyal to show that isnt being shown?? If FOX want high ratings, stick to the schedule..and show the programs on time, every week like the audience expect, otherwise, who is going to watch a show when they think it’s not even on.
    If i recall, Fringe has had 4 “2 week” no shows and a 2 month gap. Tell me, who’s is going to stay glued to a show they can clearly see isnt on TV??

    NO good blaming the public audience FOX……You’re to blame!!

  29. here in iran i have to get the dvds illegally for there is no other way to enjoy life and art out there. i have to get the copies from pirates of dvds! watching all kind of movies without severe censorship is next to impossible. it ‘s a shame, so sad to learn that the series is cancelling. i can’t imagine without seeing Peter and his lovely funny dad, and pretty partner. i feel being a member of frige. please u there in the States keep following it and don’t miss fridays at 9 for many wait it to be created. i wish i could watch it legally on fox.