I’ll give ‘Fringe’ fans credit for getting out in front of the worrying curve.  I’ve received a couple of e-mails already asking if the somewhat surprising ratings for ‘Lie To Me’ last night were a bad sign for ‘Fringe.’

Lie to me was up almost 40% from last week to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, its best numbers in over a year.   I have no idea why so I’m taking full credit for it.  On Sunday I changed ‘Lie To Me’s’ designation in the “Bubble Watch” from “likely to be canceled” to “certain to be canceled.”  Someone even asked in the comments if I’d made a mistake and I assured him that I hadn’t.  Now the ratings gods mock me and ‘Lie to Me’ bounces from a 1.8 to a 2.5 out of nowhere.

Last night’s performance was sure to raise a few eyebrows not just on our site, but also at Fox.  What, if anything, that means for ‘Fringe’ could be an interesting question, though probably not worth considering based on one data point.

Next week is the season finale for  ‘Lie to Me’ and it is getting a ‘Human Target’ rather than a ‘House’ lead-in.  But those ratings won’t say anything about ‘Fringe” either.  The ratings ‘Fringe’ gets in its future episodes will tell the tale of whether or not it is renewed.

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