"Fringe" won't be winning any awards for the largest television audience, but it doesn't need to for Fox to keep it on its schedule.
Kevin Reilly, the president of Fox programming, said no one at Fox expects the audience for "Fringe" to grow next season. In fact, if the size of the audience remains consistent from the third season, there could very well be a fifth (and maybe final) season ordered.
"I don't expect 'Fringe' to grow," Reilly told Entertainment Weekly. "It's a pretty complex show. They're right in the pocket creatively once again."
"Fringe" is the one show that audiences and the Emmys can't seem to notice. Many were pushing for star John Noble to be nominated for an Emmy this year. Instead, he was nominated for an Airlock Alpha Portal Award, but still, our awards aren't televised.
When Fox moved "Fringe" to Fridays midway through last season, many anticipated the show would be ending its run, despite what many called its best season yet. However, Fox surprised fans and renewed it for a fourth season, however insisting it would remain on Fridays.
"Fringe" finished No. 90 overall last season, and was 18th out of 23 shows that aired on Fox. Its audience was down nearly 38 percent from the year before, but its Friday audience was 53 percent higher than what the network did the year before.
"Fringe" returns in September on Fox.
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