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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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Medea April 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I am beyond stunned to learn FOX is considering on cancelling FRINGE!! What is with that network??? This series has got to be the most scientifically stimulating, so outside-the-box in hypothesizing and conjecture with just the right amount of gut tickling humour that is on the air today! There are just sooo many angles with which the creators can experiment along the path of these stories for the future, unlike the ridiculous reality tv shows or the mind-numbing stupidity of those geek sitcoms (I cannot recall which stations they’re on as I only watched them once). Come on FOX — listen to the fans!!!

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dinorah March 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

i love fringe. i seen this serie air so long ago, is the best series that i seen. this rating no mean nothing, keep it for more season please

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Chuck March 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

May 11th brings an end to one of the best Sci-Fi shows ever created. My thanks to all the actors, writers & producers for a truly outstanding intellectual treat. You WILL be missed. Best to all of you!

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suzanne gautier March 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

fringe is one of the best tv shows on the air.what i don’t understand is that
everyone i know love the show.

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Karen March 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

One of the best shows on TV. Save Fringe!

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dinorah March 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

i agree karen

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Amy March 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I was looking @ the charts for info on a different show when I spotted Fringe all the way @ the bottom… it stunned me. Impossible. This is one of the most ingenuous, original, groundbreaking shows I have ever seen (& the genre of TV shows I watch are “Fringe-type” shows going bk to the X-Files to shows on Sci-Fi now), so I have a lot of “experience” with shows like this, & this is a favorite out od all of them. I KNOW I’m not alone on this! There is no WAY this can be cancelled! To be able to bring the audience to the edge of their seats wondering how they’ll get out of a situation, or bring tears to your eyes from the fantastic storylines, & THEN, right afterwards, crying from laughter from something the eccentric Walter said/did, the show is constantly surprising the viewer. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL THIS FANTABULOUS SHOW!!!! Big mistake. Huge.

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dinorah March 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

i love fringe. i seen this series air so long ago, is the best series that i seen. this rating no mean nothing, keep it for more season please

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Emm Y. March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I am a 62 year old Canadian woman who avidly looked forward to each Friday eve due to the airing of the Fringe series. There is no other programme like it. The tv show viewing stats do not include we Canadians and I think it should when considering the renewal of a show. Fringe is the only series which provoked intelligent consideration of mulit dimensional travel, alternate universii and other thoughts. I will miss it dearly; in fact I am already missing it dearly.

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Emm Y. March 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I looked forward to Fringe each friday night with enthusiasm for it is the only tv show that provoked interesting thought and queries as to the invisible and visible worlds and possible interactions between the two. There is no other programme which draws near to the quality of the writing. I am Canadian and not the only one who watches it over here. The American surveyers of how many watch a particular tv show do not count we Canadians. Perhaps that should change? I was a devoted viewer from the very first episode. I am 62 years of age in June 2012 and not interested in the stupid, mostly offensive fluffy sitcoms, corny cop shows *this does NOT include the CSIs or LAW & Orders* . Friday night is not the same for me now. Alas.

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donna March 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I really like Fringe. Hope it gets renewed for another seasons.

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Brian March 7, 2012 at 11:38 pm

What can you say about Fringe? It’s an intelligent, mind-bending show that really provokes people to think about what is going on and actually makes people use their brains (unlike any of this “reality” TV which is mind-numbing because of the sheer stupidity that occurs on them week after week). This show is incredible…it has great story lines, memorable characters (who can forget Walter??), great acting and fantastic ideas. Its like the X-Files squared. This show must be saved, FOX…and you must be saving money with House ending this season (as well as you canning Terra Nova…which I can see…and that will also free up a lot of $$)!! Fringe is intelligent TV…a rarity these days and its something my wife and I look forward to each week. This season has been exceptional…the new storyline of Peter vanishing and then breaking back into the universe…brilliant… and the topic of many conversations in my house.
Don’t cancel Fringe!! Don’t doom us to brain-dead television!!

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Emm Y. March 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Here! Here! Your comment and reasoning is superb. I second your opining.

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Lisa March 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

SAVE Fringe!!!

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George March 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

YES SAVE FRINGE!!!!!!!!!

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Jennifer March 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

Fringe is a great show, love love love it, unfortunately the Nielsen ratings don’t get tracked when you DVR or watch it on line. From what I read if you don’t watch it while its on the show doesn’t get the same rating. That’s just dumb, with all the technology we have and busy lives of people most of us DVR, TIVO or watch our favorite shows on line. They should figure out a better way to record those viewers!!!

Fringe is a show that makes you think not the mindless reality show nonsense that poisons the airwaves!!!!

Thanks
Fringe Fan from day 1

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George March 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

I agree with You Jennifer.

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Martin Christensen March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Best show ever!
The imagination and creativity put into this show is something extremely rare to find! After almost every episode, I sit back and ponder the cases and situations, seeing how it all fits together, and wishing it didn’t have to end. I seldom have this kind of feeling towards a “tv-show”. The term hardly does it justice, as it is so much more. An outlet and source of inspiration to my creativity. Did they junp the shark with Peters disapearance? (and subsequent reapearance?) Maybe, maybe not. The feel of this fourth season certainly isn’t the same as previous seasons. But it sure is heading in an interesting direction. Although I would like to see a little more of the old Walther, but we seem to be heading there.
If the show is ending, though. It deserves to be given a proper treatment. 6-8 episodes from here on, is not a proper timeline for this show to close its final act. We need a send-off that will rock the boundries our universes!

You have managed to challenge my way of thinking. Don’t go cold turkey and write a “half-baked” ending.

Thanks!
A devoted fan from Denmark

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Andrian February 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hello. I’m from Europe-Bulgaria. I’ve watched many TV series lots of which I see people are mentioned here in the comments, but the most intrigued TV series for me is Fringe. I’m deeply impressed most by the idea of Fringe as a movie. I think the way producers and screenwriters see beyond certain things either theories and conjectures in science, many things that are possible as every TV series Mystery or Sci-Fi are offering us but not ! Fringe differs in many ways from others and matches my point of view of certain things as well .Not to forget the role play of all the actors in this brilliant production. I am stunned by the actor skills of those people or at least the main ones. I’ve never expected that one day someone’s going to make a TV series with so talented actors. Fringe had touched me by very special way and I can only say congratulations to all who made this and I wish no to cancel it.

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Sutton February 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW! And these ratings cant be accurate.. if it’s true that the show has to be not-recording, well i always record my shows or get them off the internet.. even if i record the show and start it five minutes later! How can they not count that? I guess they don’t officially know who watches what they record and who doesnt but still.. Amazing. I really hope we get another season.. :( This is my all time favorite show, better than anything I’ve ever seen. (I never liked lost, i did like dollhouse, i like alcatraz, i like castle, the lying game, white collar, ringer, revenge, dexter, grey’s anatomy, house, once upon a time, Leverage, the good wife, gossip girl, pretty little liars, the secret circle, pan am, the secret life of the american teen, switched at birth, body of proof, unforgettable, law order svu, private practice, person of interest, the finder, nikita, a gifted man, the firm desperate housewives, mad men, homeland, damages, the closer, warehouse 13, drop dead diva, teen wolf.) I like a TON of really mainstream shows.
Here is one theory: maybe a lot of pple who like this show are more creative so they watch it when they feel like watching it instead of sitting glued to screens..
They asked what I thought, I included the other shows I watch. But seriously, out of all those shows, FRINGE IS MY TOP FAVORITE!

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fringefan February 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I wasn’t counted in those ratings. Don’t cancel the show please!

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Jackie March 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

SAVE FRINGE ! The way ratings are calculated has to be updated for the age of the DVR and internet viewing. This is one of our favorite shows on TV, and we watch it every week, usually on Friday night after letting the DVR record for a few minutes.

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