Fringe: Ratings for the 2011-12 TV Season

Fringe ratingsHere are the ratings for the Fringe TV series. The FBI’s “Fringe Division” team (Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, and John Noble) continues to use unorthodox science to investigate unexplained occurrences related to a parallel universe. The fourth season of Fringe typically airs Friday nights at 9pm on the FOX network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Fringe will be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season. Check out our FOX ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season four averages: 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.07 million total viewers.

Episode 04-22: Friday, 05/11/12
1.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 3.11 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.12 in the demo with 3.07 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-21: Friday, 05/04/12
0.9 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 2.73 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.12 in the demo with 3.06 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-20: Friday, 04/27/12
1.0 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.09 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.14 in the demo with 3.08 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Update: Fringe has been renewed for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes.

Episode 04-19: Friday, 04/20/12
1.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 3.03 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.14 in the demo with 3.08 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-18: Friday, 04/13/12
0.9 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 2.84 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.15 in the demo with 3.08 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-17: Friday, 04/06/12
1.0 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 3.01 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.16 in the demo with 3.10 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-16: Friday, 03/30/12
1.2 in the demo (+33% episode-to-episode change) with 3.08 million; tied for third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.18 in the demo with 3.10 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-15: Friday, 03/23/12
0.9 in the demo (-25% episode-to-episode change) with 2.87 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.17 in the demo with 3.11 million.
Demo average rank: #19 of 19 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-14: Friday, 2/24/12
1.2 in the demo (+9% episode-to-episode change) with 3.08 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.19 in the demo with 3.12 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-13: Friday, 2/17/12
1.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.0 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.19 in the demo with 3.13 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-12: Friday, 02/10/12
1.1 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 3.05 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.20 in the demo with 3.14 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-11: Friday, 02/03/12
1.2 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.20 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.21 in the demo with 3.14 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-10: Friday, 1/27/12
1.2 in the demo (+9% episode-to-episode change) with 3.33 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.21 in the demo with 3.14 million.
Demo average rank: #17 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-09: Friday, 1/20/12
1.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 3.19 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.21 in the demo with 3.12 million.
Demo average rank: #16 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-08: Friday, 01/13/12:
1.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 2.87 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.23 in the demo with 3.11 million.
Demo average rank: #14 of 14 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-07: Friday, 11/18/11
1.1 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 2.88 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.24 in the demo with 3.14 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-06: Friday, 11/11/11
1.1 in the demo (-15% week-to-week change) with 3.03 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.27 in the demo with 3.19 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-05: Friday, 11/04/11:
1.3 in the demo (+8% week-to-week change) with 3.21 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.30 in the demo with 3.22 million.
Demo average rank: #12 of 12 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-04: Friday, 10/14/11:
1.2 in the demo (-8% week-to-week change) with 3.16 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.3 in the demo with 3.22 million.
Demo average rank: #11 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-03: Friday, 10/7/11
1.3 in the demo (+8% week-to-week change) with 3.18 million; third place in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.3 in the demo with 3.24 million.
Demo average rank: #10 of 10 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 04-02: Friday, 9/30/11:
In week two, the series was down by 20% when compared to the premiere. It attracted 1.2 demo rating with 3.05 million viewers. It was in third place for the timeslot, just above a repeat of Pan Am on ABC.
Season average: 1.4 demo with 3.26 million.

Episode 04-01: Friday, 9/23/11: It was disappointing start to the season for the sci-fi show. It attracted a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.48 million viewers. That was a decline of 40% year-to-year and put the premiere in third place for the timeslot. Lucky for fans that FOX already ordered a full season of episodes.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.37 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Fringe TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a fifth season?

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  1. Alfred says

    Luckily the guys at Fox have said they don’t simply take in these ratings.

    There is some kinda DVR rating they take into effect as well. So hopefully those numbers will be taken into consideration.

    They killed Dollhouse and The Sarah Connor Chronicles by moving them to Fridays. I hope they are aware of what Fridays offer by rule: Low Ratings.

  2. DJ says

    Great show. Friday time slot is bad. I dvr or rent from amazon every time I watch it. Fox should renew it for a fifth and final season. The acting and story lines are phenomenal.

  3. says

    Moving Fringe to Friday was a very bad move for the show, however, it did put it into the position, that anyone left at home on Friday at 9:00 will watch nothing else. Who the heck wants to watch Shark Tank? Not me.

    But the Nielson Ratings show that this season the most Dismal for Fringe- And this is simply because, the people who usually watch fringe, DO NOT sit there at 9:00 on Friday night – The GO OUT and they record it. I myself download it from Amazon the next week, or as soon as I can. Or from a Torrent site, if I’m desperate to watch it. I usually do that though, cos I’m not usually home on Fridays, and I want to post my review of the ep on IMDB.com. So, lately I have been downloading the majority of eps from my private members-only torrent site, don’t bother asking I won’t tell you.

    WHY does not the Nelson ratings take THIS into account? You have to sit in front of your TV glued like a couch potato just to have your show renewed? And on the Torrent sites, when each new ep is introduced, there are THREE MILLION DOWNLOADS of them by the time midnight rolls around – This has been true since I’ve been watching the show, for the last 3 and a half years!

    That just shows that the Nielson Ratings ABSOLUTELY DO NOT reflect our interests and TV Viewing habits-It has been , and STILL IS, a FLAWED SYSTEM.

    If the Nielson Ratings were to be accurate, they’d have to reflect, the lengths people will go through to watch their show, including torrent downloads (And 3 Million Downloads per Ep on the torrent sites, and this was just last night, is not a slight amount).

    Take my word for it, this show is extremely popular, but on Friday Night at 9:00 the Nielsons WILL NOT reflect this. Unless they take into account recording the show or buying it from Amazon – And they DON’T take that into account-Your TV has to be turned ON and Tuned to Fox at 9:00 for it to take it into account, and that’s lame lame lame.

  4. R Welyczkowsky says

    Great show – just started watching the first season on Blu Ray and it is awesome. Hope it goes on for many seasons.

  5. says

    I really hope they give it another season! It’s the only thought-provoking and intelligent sci-fi drama on the non-cable networks! It really draws you in, gets you to feel for the characters, and leaves you with enough mystery to keep you thinking about it after the hour has ended! What a shame it would be to end it!

  6. teresa says

    This is a great show!!! Fox please dont be stupid like the other networks and cancel a GREAT show because of AN OUT OF DATE RATING SYSTEM !!!!

  7. MrB says

    Please keep this show going! There is very little good si fi shows around these days and I will be gutted if this gets cancelled! I just don’t get why so few people watch this excellent show! Probably to busy watching god awful reality shows….

  8. Joannie Sutton says

    Please keep this series going….its the best sci-fi series ever….it has everything. The lab investigation like NCIS, interesting story lines as in X-files……and science, science and more science……alternate universe!!

    Great stuff!

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