Fabulous Fall 'Fringe' Friday, Finally!

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September 28th, 2012

Fringe returns tonight to begin its final short fifth season.  Like Fringe's Warner Bros' sibling Chuck last fall, these final marches are bittersweet. We celebrate all Fringe has meant to the site and how it's proved us wrong (Bill once, me twice -- Bill's  more reasonably"once bitten, twice shy!"). Since ratings don't matter to Fringe's fate, people are less interested in them - plus it's just a weekly reminder that the show will be off the air soon. Sadness. Let their be no doubt, TV by the Numbers will miss it!

There will inevitably be rumors of a Fringe movie -- that's not really in our wheelhouse-- but if there are "could Netflix resurrect Fringe shenanigans' we'll be all over that...

Enjoy the final season.

  • eridapo

    Fringe replaced Chuck. What will replace Fringe for this sites whipping boy.

  • Masterbreel

    I’m really affraid it will go way, way down. 0.9 is my guess

  • John A

    Masterbreel Why be really afraid? The show is ending at episode 13 anyway.

  • Hethler

    I’ll give Fringe a 1.5 for the season premiere. People still got hangover from disappointing Emmy results, and for some Fringe freaks like me, I’d still be blabbering “fck Emmy for snubbing Fringe”

  • Derrick

    the final season is only 13 episodes, that sucks.

    i missed most of last season because i worked on fridays and my DVR kept saying there was no new showing, then i set it to “Both” and it still didnt record.

    got alot of catching up to do.

  • michael


  • psychic

    11.5 million viewers. Season holds rock-steady. Automatically renewed for three more seasons, a movie, a video game and record deals for all of the actors.

  • psychic

    Ratings may not matter, but it’ll be a punch in the teeth if they plummet. 3:

  • Luis

    Im with psychic and Johnnnnny. I bet for improving the season premier of Two and a half men last year.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Fringe replaced Chuck. What will replace Fringe for this sites whipping boy.”

    Whipping boy? Please. I prefer “crazy fan traffic magnet”.

    Hard to say, but there’s always something else coming down the pike. Nature of the business.

    Two general possibilities. (1) New show with marginal ratings from the start that somehow makes it to season two. Chuck was more like this, but not exactly. (2) Sophomore (or later) show that had OK ratings prior to this season, but has a ratings plunge this season. Fringe was definitely in that category.

    Impossible to look at the results so far and do anything more than wildly guess. We’ll just have to wait and see!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Ratings may not matter, but it’ll be a punch in the teeth if they plummet. 3:”

    Wear your mouthgard.

  • John_M

    (2) Sophomore (or later) show that had OK ratings prior to this season, but… not in the last season (added by me)

    Good Candidates

    Person of Interest
    Once Upon a Time
    Last Resort – it will be on longer than the ratings justify probably

  • KS


    I guess Revolution will also make the list.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @KS, I’d speculate that if Revolution ratings drop to bubble range it will be bigger than Chuck or Fringe ever were in terms of site traffic. Currently, Revolution is the odd show where, like Falling Skies, most of the comments about the show are negative despite some very good ratings.

  • Matt

    FINALLY! <3 Fringe. So happy you guys were wrong. LOL. No offense.

  • Matt

    Also, I believe Revolution will fill the gap. If not this season, maybe in a few years.

  • ron

    1.5 > i hope the finals eason will brig back teh greatness of teh show!

  • John A

    Really that Turkey Revolution brings traffic? Fringe and Chuck have a certain charm so i understand why crazy fans come here but i cant imagine Revolution ever being that popular here.

  • Fakeem

    What is a show runner? Seriously.

  • Jiji Moran

    “Fringe” is a great show. But, it’s one that common people are not attracted to, mainly because it needs continuous following, and the brain capacity, to understand the underlying story. I introduced the show to a few people, who hadn’t watched it before. Once they saw the pilot they became hooked, kinda like a bad drug.

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