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‘Fringe’ Ends Five-Year Run On High Note

PLUS: “Vampire Diaries’ catching up with ‘Arrow’ finally

The end of “Fringe” was a bit bittersweet. Bitter that it had to end, but sweet that it was allowed to end on its own terms despite its audience wows.

And audiences thanked Fox by at least showing up a little more than usual for the final episodes. “Fringe” ended its series run with a 2.0 rating/3 share average, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. Those were the show’s best numbers since its premiere in September, and actually was pretty much par for the course for the show throughout the season.

The 1.8/3 average “Fringe” finished with in for the season is down 10 percent from how Fox did in the timeslot last year, but stayed pretty stable throughout the year. The 1.8/3 carried a GenreNexus Audience Loyalty Index rating of 89.6 in the timeslot, meaning that of all the people who tuned in for at least one episode of “Fringe” this season, just under 90 percent returned each week for more.

On the other side of the ratings, “Once Upon a Time” had its worst week ever, posting just a 4.5/8 — its lowest since earning a 4.9/7 on Nov. 11. Those numbers were down 12 percent from the week before, and could have been affected by the Golden Globes broadcast that was also taking place that night. It was also 17 percent off its average for the season.

“Neighbors” on ABC also experienced a bit of a dip week over week as well on Wednesday, but has been maintaining a pretty stable audience for the most part. With an ALI of 90.9 for the timeslot, the dip could just be the regular audience fluctuations that the comedy is experiencing in its first season, wobbling from a 3.5 household rating to a 4.4 household rating in various weeks.

On The CW, “Arrow” had its worst outing yet, earning just a 1.8/3 and tying with “Vampire Diaries.” The return of the show was slightly lower than its December finale, and was 18 percent off its season average. The smaller audience seemed to echo over to “Supernatural,” which also saw slightly lower numbers than its December finale, and was off 8 percent from its average.

For a look at all how of network television did in the week in ratings, check out our complete report on our sister site, Inside Blip.

Top Network Genre Shows, Week of Jan. 13 — [Audience Loyalty Index rating]

1. (1)    Once Upon a Time (ABC)    4.5/8    [83.7]
2. (2)    Neighbors (ABC)    3.7/6    [90.9]
3. (3)    Fringe (Fox)    2.0/3    [89.6]
4. (3)    Fringe (Fox)    1.9/3    [89.6]
5. (-)    Arrow (The CW)    1.8/3    [86.4]
5. (-)    Vampire Diaries (The CW)    1.8/3    [87.6]
7. (-)    Supernatural (The CW)    1.2/2    [86.0]

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. GenreNexus 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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