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‘Fringe’ Hits Series Low In World Series Hangover

But if history is proof, it will bounce back again


Call it the World Series hangover. Hell, that’s what we’re calling it.

“Fringe” hit a series low this past week, scoring a 3.0 rating/5 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., losing 45 percent of its “Bones” lead-in on Fox Thursday, and marking the first series low since, well, a year ago.

And that is significant because both series low — the previous was a 3.1/5 exactly a year ago — seemed to come off of weak outings by Fox in the shadow of the World Series from Major League Baseball coming to an end.

If that is the common denominator here, then it might not be all bad news for “Fringe.” Last year, after that low, the show starring Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson, made a 19 percent audience jump back to its previous levels, and would finish the season with a 3.9/6. Fans need to hope that the old “Battlestar Galactica” axiom of “It happened before, and it will happen again” will in fact do that here.

Fox has confidence in the show, but “Fringe” — now in its third season — definitely remains a bubble show for Fox. The historical ratings boost it got last year needs to materialize again, or the show could be in some serious trouble.

The genre’s top two shows — “No Ordinary Family” and “The Event” — both were off this week, moving everything else up a couple notches, although they expect to return as November sweeps continues to heat up.

The first week of November sweeps did give “Chuck” a win, although there were only four shows in the genre that made it in (the other three being “Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” all on The CW). For Week 2, which continues Monday and ends on Wednesday, “Fringe” is in the lead, for now, with the three CW shows trailing.

Top Genre Shows, Week of Oct. 31 — [Audience Loyalty Index rating]

1. (3)   Chuck (NBC)    3.2/5    [92.7]
2. (-)   Fringe (Fox)    3.0/5    [92.6]
3. (4)   Vampire Diaries (CW)    2.0/3    [94.9]
4. (5)   Smallville (CW)    1.6/3    [93.3]
5. (6)   Supernatural (CW)    1.4/3    [87.4]

Fast Nationals usually provide a snapshot of what Americans are watching by pulling numbers from the top urban markets that include both live viewing and same-day timeshifted viewing. A rating point generally represents more than 1.1 million households while the share indicates the percentage of televisions turned on that was tuned to the specific program. These numbers typically shift when final ratings are issued.

Data collected from The Nielsen Co., as distributed by Zap2it. BlipNetwork tracks non-news, non-event programming, and figures for this story reflect airing of new episodes only. For more information on the Audience Loyalty Index, click here.

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