Many fans felt that Fox moving “Fringe” to the heavily competitive Thursdays would be the move that killed the show.
While ratings did take a beating, Fox’s confidence in the show created by the “Star Trek” movie team of J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, did not, and a lot of those feelings will carry over to Season 3. In fact, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly says he’s so on board with what “Fringe” is doing, he’s been keeping his nose out of the kitchen.
“We have no intention of screwing with ‘Fringe,’ because the show is going to be great,” Reilly said Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It really came into its own last season. If I have any frustration, it’s that I’d like the audience to be bigger because people deserve to see the work.”
“Fringe” finished last season with a 4.3 rating/7 share average in overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., good for No. 54 overall in terms of franchises, behind “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC and tied with “Family Guy” on Fox, the now-cancelled “Hank” on ABC, “Gary Unmarried” on CBS and “The Middle” on ABC.
It was the fourth most-watched network genre show behind “Lost” (6.6/11), “V” (5.3/8) and “FlashForward” (4.6/8), all of which aired on ABC.
Reilly said he has seen the first batch of scripts for “Fringe” Season 3 that take place in the “overthere” — its alternate universe that was visited at the end of Season 2 — and he said the scripts have been particularly strong, according ti Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello.
“Fringe” stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble, and is expected to keep its Thursday timeslot in the fall.