Fringe 3.04 Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep? Ratings

Thursday night’s episode of Fringe fell 5% on last week with a 1.9 in the adults 18-49 rating (5.27 million viewers).

Head past the jump for the Fringe season 3 ratings listing.

Here are the Fringe season 3 episode ratings so far:

  • 3.04: “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?” – 1.9 adults 18-49, 5.27 million viewers (overnight) (via)
  • 3.03: “The Plateau” – ย 2.0 adults 18-49, 5.19 million viewers (final)
  • 3.02: “The Box” – 1.9 adults 18-49, 5.237 million viewers (final)
  • 3.01: “Olivia” – 2.2 adults 18-49, 5.83 million viewers (3.1 with Live +7 day DVR factored in)

The positives?

  • Fringe has a fiercely loyal and committed audience.
  • Fringe is a DVR monster. Better than the alternative.
  • The quality of the show has improved in season 3.
  • At this moment in time, there’s not a truckload of Fox shows that could compete in the Thursday spot as Fringe does. (I’ll take that as a ‘positive’ by default, thank you).
  • A left-over Season 1 Fringe episode performed well on Monday night earlier this year with very little advertising.

The negatives?:

  • The adults 18-49 ratings situation (granted, this is a big negative).
  • DVR is not considered as important as same day live viewing.
  • In 2011 The X Factor and Terra Nova will need to go somewhere.

Personally, I still see more potential in theย Fringe ratings prospects. I don’t think any of us here are blind to the situation – it’s not what we hoped it would be, but all things being well there’s still a good chunk of the season left for the ratings to improve. The fans need to remain loyal to the show and keep on doing their little bit to spread the word. Brick by brick, and all that.


  1. Anjali says

    “At this moment in time, thereโ€™s not a truckload of Fox showโ€™s that could compete in the Thursday spot as Fringe does.”

    This is what keeps me going!

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  2. Page 48 says

    Last night’s “Nikita” was a rerun, so it’s a wonder FOX couldn’t syphon off a few extra eyeballs to give “Fringe” a boost.

    It’s a pity the show took 1.5 seasons to stumble out of the gate. The “Fringe” train no doubt has a few empty cars now as disillusioned Bad Robot followers disembarked thanks to seemingly endless empty vessels about Molebabies, Magic Dragons, and hungry vampire chicks (HVC’s).

    That said, it’s hard to understand why people would not consider “Fringe” appointment TV today, considering the steady improvement since the 2nd half of S2, and the sheer brilliance compared to S1.

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  3. Pwnsauce says

    Over Here doesn’t seem to be holding up. Everyone’s loyalties have crossed over. I’m kind of torn between wanting Fringe to stay on Thursdays or move to Mondays, because it does compete better than Fox’s other shows, but it did really well behind House in S1, so it definitely would do well in the Monday slot. What if Fringe moved to Mondays and Terra Nova took Thursdays?

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  4. Matt says

    Looking back on Season 1 – they had a consistent 9 million viewers with the occasional 7/8mill and 11/12 mill

    Thursday is a tough night and, if I remember correctly, that was one of the reasons they moved Fringe to Thursday for season 2 where it fell dramatically to an average between 5 and 7. With it currently standing strong at 5 million and getting good DVR ratings, maybe they won’t test their luck with a show that would have to generate a new fanbase. It seems that Fringe could be safe, but this is the same network that cancelled Family Guy, Firefly and Arrested Development.

    Fox comes out a lot and says they are sticking with Fringe, and it makes me think their positive talk of Fringe is their subtle way of saying all the higher ups and Fox really love Fringe and want to watch it. I’m hopeful that with a solid and loyal fanbase, and a history of doing well on Mondays after House – they would think to maybe move it back to Mondays first before doing anything rash.

    And as for Season 3…I can’t believe people aren’t watching Fringe more. This season has been fantastic.

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  5. annon says

    They always do an adjustment when they have full figures in, and sometimes those stay the same and sometimes they change, especially if a show runs over by a few minutes.

    Anyway, the good news is that in the finals, fringe got a 2.0 in the 18 -49 demo. So, we actually went up from 1.9 to 2.0. So, good news.

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  6. MNTwinsFanID says

    Preach the Fringe gospel, people. I got my wife hooked with “Northwest Passage!” Every episode this season blows that out of the water. If I can get a sci-fi hater hooked on a mediocre one-off, imagine the possibilities with the monster that has been season 3!

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    • mlj102 says

      I don’t think anyone “hates” Season 1… I think they’re just saying that Fringe has continued to improve and has gotten even better since then. The first season is pretty much always a little shaky as a show is trying to find and establish itself. The fact that Fringe Season 1 was so good is a real credit to the show. And it can only be a good thing for Fringe that critics and fans alike feel that it has improved so much since then. It went from good to spectacular.

      As for ratings, I wish they were higher… but they are consistent, which is good. Better to be consistently average than to be slowly getting lower. Still, I would feel much better if we could get those numbers to be consistent at a slightly higher level: 2.2 or 2.5 — that would be just about right for my liking. Fringe doesn’t have to be a ratings monster (although I certainly wouldn’t protest if it was; it certainly deserves to be), it just has to be respectable. 2.0 is a bit too close to the line for my comfort.

      I am still remaining positive that Fringe will live to tell another Season. Yes, FOX will have to make room for the new Fall shows, but they’re also not about to cancel all of their existing shows to do that. And there are several FOX shows that are more in danger than Fringe is (Good Guys, Human Target, even Lie to Me). So I think Fringe will get a fourth season. But I want the ratings to improve so that it won’t feel so uncertain, and because I really want FOX to renew Fringe for a set number of seasons. I would feel so much better not having to live in uncertainty from one season to the next…

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      • says

        Maybe if we all think really hard about it the FOX execs will move Fringe back to Tuesday and renew it for 2 more seasons (season 4 and 5) guaranteed. I really need to believe that Fringe will not only get a fourth season, but they’ll also get a fifth season.

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  7. says

    Fox should learn how to use advertisement in a different way.

    We know that Fringe is a monster in DVR and in DVD sale. If they can’t make profit out of DVD and out of DVR (due to no commercial), they can always make a deal with their advertisers that they can put in their advertisement on the show itself – like how Taurus and Sprint does. It’s a win-win situation, the advertisers get an advertisement forever, while the show can still keep up to please fans.

    Personally, I don’t care how much blatant advertisements Fringe has, as long as it will keep the show up float and the quality of the storyline is still there.

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  8. David says

    watching this show from the uk i have become very interested in the ratings in the usa because i love this show and want to get at least 4 or 5 seasons for the show to please us with a satisfactory ending.One thing i am learning is that networks in usa constantly change things even though they are ok.Fringe was first shown on tuesdays and was getting 10 million plus viewers then the smart execs moved it thursdays and now the show is in jeopardy and we are sweating on season 4.if they cancel this show we must let them know that we are not happy

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