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Fringe: If It’s Cancelled on Fridays, Producers Have Wrap up Plan

FringeTonight marks the return of Fringe following a six week hiatus. Fans are understandably nervous by the network’s decision to move the series from the most-watched night of TV to one of the least. FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly insists that they haven’t given up on Fringe and hopes that faithful viewers will follow it to a new night. He recently said, “It’s a fantastic show, and honestly, I’d be heartbroken if it went away.”

Still, the show’s ratings have been in decline this season, perhaps because it’s now airing opposite CBS’ geeky Big Bang Theory instead of Survivor. Fringe star Joshua Jackson isn’t sure why the ratings have gone down. He tells the Daily News, “If you put a gun to my head, I couldn’t explain to you why the viewership has gone down from last year when all the pieces remain the same. It’s a mystery to me.”

Thus far this season, Fringe has been averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.08 million viewers. That’s significantly lower than last season when it averaged a 2.8 rating and 7.34 million.

Despite Reilly’s support, few are naive enough to believe that, if the numbers aren’t there, Fringe won’t be cancelled. Jackson believes that the producers have an emergency plan to wrap up the series at the end of this season if need be. He hopes that won’t happen and rationed, “It’s not that not enough people are watching Fringe, it’s that not enough people are watching Fringe during the hour that it’s on the air, which is key for the network. You don’t have to go to school the next morning. You can always go out drinking an hour later.”

What do you think? Will the move to Fridays kill Fringe? Will it be renewed for season four or be cancelled?

 

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Voyo February 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

Well I love this show, it’s one of the best shows in US.
However, the real Olivia is getting more and more upsetting and why can’t the script writer just make the real Olivia beat the false Olivia? This I think can help bring back some heart-broken viewers who want to see a positive change in Olivia’s relationship with Peter. PLEASE KEEP THIS SHOW.

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Pingouine February 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

This show is sacred to me. I mean I’ll only return phones calls after Fringe on Friday night. Why in Canada, Space channel, the equivalent of Sify in the States, who had it during the first two seasons didn’t do so – and I asked – is above my undederstanding. It’s right up their alley! I know, it’S easier to listen to a show that will numb your intellect, but once in a while, it’s interesting to have one that will have you asking yourself where it’S leading, think out of the beaten path. I truly hope it is not dropped. If a move is started to have a network ensure its survival. I’m in for sure! There isn’T much left for those of us who like the unusual. I love the twin reality concept. Too bad they killed William Bell, but I’m sure Nina still has a lot still hidden. Olivia used to be more decisive, maybe be bring a little bit of that back. Walter is in my view the most gifted actor, and his character’s past is intriguing, but what about Peter’s past? Olivia’s? So many more questions and answers left. PLEASE KEEP THIS GREAT SHOW! Cheers!

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Matt Linder February 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

What do I think? I think that Television ratings being the guideline that determines if a show is cancelled or not, is stupid. TV ratings are guesses, not facts.

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Anonymous February 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

The show is good in every aspect . Give it a chance.

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Kiley February 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I loved Fringe the first season. It was quirky with the right mix of seriousness and fun. Then last year rather than a new situation to untangle each week…it focused on the parallel universe plot..which became somewhat cartoonish. We need to get back to the original interesting, funny, quirky writing that made the show so unique and interesting. Please! I want to love watching it again!

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Michael February 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Time to start campaigning for USA or TBS to pick it up after Fox cancels it (Syfy is a lost cause).

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finch44 February 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

i totally agree with @CGI to all those people who want fringe to be dumbed down its not gonna happen they already said it aint gonna happen the series is great as it is without having to watch boring same old episodes i suggest people go watch reruns of X-files u can go half a series without any story arc which in my opinion makes the show lack depth.

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finch44 February 1, 2011 at 7:03 am

i agree with @CGI to all those people who want fringe to be dumbed down its not gonna happen they already said it aint gonna happen the series is great as it is without having to watch boring same old episodes i suggest people go watch reruns of X-files u can go half a series without any story arc which in my opinion makes the show lack depth.

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CGI February 1, 2011 at 3:01 am

Totally disagree with those calling for Fringe to shy away from the big story and stick to smaller stuff. The ever-escalating series of revelations are what makes the show. Fringe owes a lot to X-Files but – for the record – X-Files has nothing on this masterpiece.

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Jessica February 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Oh no you didnt! X-Files reins supreme over Fringe any day. I ma a HUGE fan of Fringe, dont ge me wrong, but there is now way Fringe can surpass the stories, mystery, and glory of X-Files.

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Larry January 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Fringe is now a boring mess. They could have done SO much with the alternate universe and gave us fun details but all we got were blimps, twin towers and people don’t use pens there. Also they’ve made Olivia a prissy, narrow minded prude who is having SOOO much trouble with Peter’s “affair” with…wait for it, Her. Nice way to trash a character J.J. Dr. Bishop wants to get smarter? Who needs that? We love him as he Is! It’s like making Noble Captain Kirk, suddenly a drug addict. Just boneheaded choice after boneheaded choice. And the whole show is now so murky and heading in who knows WHAT direction they are making the same mistakes they made with LOST. You just end up not caring WHATS going on…

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Elisângela January 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love the show ! I would luck for this show ! But the public like more mistery and action ! But elegance similar Lost and to stay with the hot head, for describe the misteries. I love the show. I would like very much don’t go to end. Good Luck !I like very much tha Peter is the centre , but will can there is reciprocity between Peter and Olivia. And the Universes , will go to the end ? The human been conflict making the world to the end. Good Luck the show. I love you very much. I liked Lost very much too.

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Fringe Season 4 January 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

With DVRs, Tivos, internet, itunes, etc., these numbers truly reflect the amount of people watching scripted television at the exact time a show is aired. People want to prepare to watch episodic programming. Reality shows maintain high ratings because a viewer can miss ten to fifteen minutes and it doesn’t even matter. If a viewer is away from the set for five minutes of Fringe, a key plot point is missed, and it ruins the whole story. Over 2 million people have joined the Fringe Facebook page, that many members would be really hard to produce if the ratings accurately reflected the show’s following. Sponsors and advertising executives need to be more creative in product placement within the episodes or broadcast scripted television will be extinct.

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mark mcconnell January 29, 2011 at 11:24 am

Get back to the” X- Files” like shows.

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mark mcconnell January 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

Love the show. It did it’s best when it came on after house on Mondays.

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confidential January 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Fringe is not doing well because it used to have wierd/unexplainable things happen in the start of the show and tell you how it happened at the end. Now there are these shapeshifters and a whole extra world. Just go back to the simple oddities. Forget this huge, complicated story.

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Non Mouse March 2, 2011 at 3:15 am

I quite agree

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