Will We See a Rally for the 'Fringe' Series Finale Tonight? (Poll)

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January 18th, 2013

The last season of Fringe has been pretty quiet in the ratings department. Season five premiered to a 1.1 rating, but then slipped down to a 1.0 and then a 0.9 in subsequent weeks. Do you think longtime fans will return to tune in to tonight's 2-hour finale, or will Fringe go out with a whimper? Make your predictions below and tell us why in the comments!

  • @TheEmulator23

    Like others have said & a major reason why it never got ratings is you have to watch week to week. Imagine watching season 1 skipping all the others & trying to figure out what’s happening now. Got too soapy.

  • CrimTV

    Yes! Fringe finale airing live in the UK! YES!

  • Jared

    Fringe should have been cancelled awhile ago. I don’t expect anything more than the 1.1 demo rating it got during the premiere.

  • DW

    1.2 the world will be watching.not really but it sounded good. :)

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87

    I think there will be a big rise for the finale. It’ll be all those people out there having parties and counting down the seconds until this piece of embarrassing garbage is off screen once and for all. Waiting for those credits to finally roll will be like bringing in the new year all over again.

  • The End

    Personally I haven’t seen a single episode of Fringe and will watch the finale tonight.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    “Embrassing garbage,” huh? Are you embarrassed because you don’t get it? In your mind, what makes it “garbage,” now?

  • Dennis

    @The End

    Enjoy….I would love to know who u feel after watching it….
    It would be very odd i imagine.

    Can’t wait for the finale……! best scifi show every aired

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    Ouch! I’m wounded! Such a typical Fringe fan response with about as much originally as the show in question. ‘They don’t like it, they too stupid’… There’s nothing to “get” with Fringe. It’s done the same round and round game of nonsense since S2 just the acting and writing gets a little worse each time. At it’s most complex it’s an entry-level sudoku.

  • John A

    The writing this season has been great. I havent loved the entire season but its been great since episode 7. The acting has been great too. Id imagine if it had a better budget it be better with action and speciel effects.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    I’m not a “typical” Fringe fan at all. I only started watching the show once I knew the entire story was going to be told, so I don’t fit into any mould you might believe I do. And, for the record, I didn’t call you stupid. I asked you a questions relating to the fact that you used the word “embarrassing,” which can only refer to yourself in the context in which it was used.

    Getting back to the point, you just made an utterly simplistic complaint without explaining it and I wanted to know what you meant. You explained it and I’m fine with your explanation. I don’t agree with it, but that’s ok; we don’t all have to agree here. It’s often the disagreement that makes it worth coming here.

    As for the acting, there are few critics who would dare say that the cast is anything less than talented. The writing has, at times, been somewhat strained. But the reality is that it has only been strained when it’s purposely TRIED to be confusing.

    The fact that some people are confused and then say the writing is bad makes some sense. Those who stick with it, though, realize that it always comes back to a point where it makes sense. So, you might not have a lack of understanding, but you definitely have a lack of patience. And that’s ok; patience isn’t something TV usually has a right to ask of viewers.

  • Chris

    I don’t care, as long as it doesn’t suck. Which would certainly distinguish it from every other Bad Robot series finale. :)

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    Yours is my favorite answer. I should say, though, that I’m one of the few people who liked the ending of Lost. I didn’t watch it while it was on the air, though. I waited until a year after it was over and stayed away from spoilers. I watched it over the course of a few weeks after some major surgery and found it worked on a level that I don’t think I’d have enjoyed it were I watching it over six years, building anticipation.

    Fringe has, so far, been much better than Lost in keeping its mythology together and explaining its mysteries before they get tired. There is little left that we don’t understand. All we need to know is whether or not humans defeat the Observers (and how the Fringe team try). It doesn’t even really particularly matter to me who wins, as long as the final battle is interesting and the two-minute trailer that was released the other day looks very interesting, indeed.

  • Me

    I guess 1.05 – that would be good :).

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    Do you mean 1.1 (as it would round to) or 1.5?

  • BG


  • Wright

    1.5 or greater. I think the fans will see it off in style.

  • Chris

    @TerryJackson–it wasn’t just the anticipation–I just think the writers on Lost copped out. It was way better than the finales for Alias and Felicity, give it that.

    I still often wish Fringe had ended with the third season. THAT was a great finale to far and away the best season. I may end up thinking of it as the real series finale. We shall see.

  • TyGuy

    1.2 Fringe is/was the best scifi series in a long time-characters and cast top-notch!

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    Season three of Fringe was probably my favorite season of any television show ever. There were aspects of season four that were interesting, in theory, but didn’t really work out as well as the writers probably intended. Peter’s disappearance from the timeline only works in retrospect; it was painfully slow to watch it come together and not really know if we were in a new universe altogether or what was going on.

    I think the ending to last season was probably more interesting to me, since Olivia finally died, as promised and the long-running “new universe” story was resolved. But the problem was that the Observer storyline, which was never made clear until the end of season four, needed to be addressed. I don’t know if it needed a full 13 episodes to finish, though, since it has been more of a slow burn than I’d like. Still, it has been rewarding and I expect it will be even more so after tonight.

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