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Fringe: Season Five Premiere Ratings

Fringe season 5 premiere ratingsLast May, FOX renewed their ratings-challenged Fringe series for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes. While some fans were upset by the decision to end the TV show, it was nice to know they’d get a true series finale.

Per the fast affiliate numbers (courtesy of the network’s “Masked Scheduler“), the fifth season premiere of Fringe drew a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.176 million viewers.

This was Fringe’s lowest-rated season premiere yet. Last year, it drew a 1.5 in the demo with 3.48 million viewers.

Perhaps now that viewers know that the show is ending (and therefore not in danger of being cancelled), they’re feeling more free to watch it on demand or online at a later time.

On the positive side, it was the show’s best demo since March and best viewership since last January.

What do you think? Are you surprised that the season premiere numbers are down? How are you watching — live, DVR, on demand, online or via download?

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john December 13, 2012 at 12:36 am

X-files is much better


Sarah September 30, 2012 at 1:07 am

I work Friday nights and have no cable. I watch religiously on Amazon every Saturday, and I know others in the same boat. They need to factor those viewers in! I mean… I actually pay per episode… that should count for something!

It’s the last time I start watching a Fox series, that’s for sure. If I like it, it will undoubtedly be canceled.

This episode was sooo good. I’m sad it’s ending, but I know they’ll finish it up right.


Chris September 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Ill watch it on dvr. Why they arent counting dvr and certain site (hulu/fox/etc) yet really baffles me.


dax September 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Rats! Had no idea it was premiering. I’ve been looking out for this for a long time. Did the network advertise the time-slot well?


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