J.J. Abrams’ Fringe Ratings Head North After Renewal

J.J. Abrams' Fringe Ratings Head North After Renewal The few yet extremely loyal fans of J.J. Abrams’ Fringe have spent the better part of Season 4 anxiously awaiting the show’s fate. Then finally, just a few days ago, Fox chief Kevin Reilly shared the news that Fringe had been granted an additional – and final – 13 episodes, cementing the return of Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble for a proper and well-deserved series finale.

Last night’s Fringe episode was the first since the renewal and, as might have been expected, the ratings inched up a little as fans celebrated the promise to reach 100 episodes and send the show into syndication. ‘World’s Apart’ attracted 3.1 million viewers, up around 100,000 from the fourth season average. A little more impressive is the 1.1 rating it managed in the 18-49 demo. The previous episode came in at a 0.9, around the level it’s been hovering since returning from its winter hiatus.


Elsewhere on Friday, NBC’s Grimm came in with 4.5 million viewers and a 1.4 in 18-49, on par with its previous weeks. The other supernatural Friday night entry, CW’s Supernatural, struck up a 1.5 and 0.6.

Next week’s Fringe episode, Brave New World, is the first part of a two-part season finale. I would expect Fringe to either hold steady in the ratings or even inch up again as Season 4 comes to a close.

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