Post by Mike Spadoni on Mar 25, 2011 4:11:39 GMT 1
Fox's critically acclaimed science fiction drama "Fringe" will be back for a fourth season this fall. There was speculation the series would get the ax because of relatively low ratings. But remember a few decades ago when low-rated shows such as "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere" won a reprieve because they scored well with relatively young and upscale viewers? The DVR recorder/player has done the same for "Fringe." Nielsen Media Research now releases ratings for shows that are watched on hard drive seven days after they air. Combine the hard drive viewers with those who watch "Fringe" at its regular time, and you have the highest-rated series among viewers 18-to-49 on Friday nights. That's good enough for Fox to give "Fringe" a full 22 season order for the 2011-12 season. Not to mention the network brass believes in the show's creative direction and its ability to draw new viewers.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock