Last 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?