Fringe 3.09 Marionette Ratings

Updated with finals: The final broadcast numbers for “Marionette” adjust the ratings down to a 1.7 adults 18-49 with 4.738 million viewers.Fringe bid goodbye, farewell, adieu, deuces, to Thursdays on a positive note with “Marionette” up 6% from last week with a 1.9 adults 18-49 in the overnight ratings. It is hoped that the final tally wont take that number down. It did – see above update.

Fringe now moves to its new Friday slot from Jan 21st.

Head past the jump for the Fringe Season 3 Ratings so far.

Fringe Season 3 Ratings So Far

  • 3.09 “Marionette” – 1.7 adults 18-49 | 4.738 million viewers (final)
  • 3.08 “Entrada” – 1.8 adults 18-49 | 5.130 million viewers (final)
  • 3.07 “The Abducted” – 1.9 adults 18-49 | 4.846 million viewers (final)
  • 3.06 “6955kHz” – 1.7 adults 18-49 | 4.835 million viewers (final)
  • 3.05 “Amber 31422″ – 1.8 adults 18-49 | 4.804 million viewers (final)
  • 3.04: “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?” – 2.0 adults 18-49 | 5.27 million viewers (final)
  • 3.03: “The Plateau” –  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 (final)

Marionette Ratings: Hitfix


  1. runpaceyrun says

    Whilst i profess to absolutely nothing about the ratings system and how it works…..i am glad you guys are keeping them steady. We Aussie Fringies can do nothing about the ratings….our viewership over here doesnt count …….but if passion for the show counts then the ratings would be through the roof. Fringe is totally awesome……and i hope Fringe Fridays helps it gain more viewers. Season 3 is beyond EPIC…and i have 4 of my friends watching my season 1 and 2 dvds so that i can show them season 3 on download. Seriously…Fringe needs to be recognised for what it is…..a truely outstanding and creative piece of television! I am one obsessed aussie Fringie!

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  2. Page 48 says

    Those additional viewers would have been better served to treat themselves to the preceding string of S3 episodes, which were much more entertaining. Why would they choose THIS episode to jump on board? Not that they aren’t welcome, but I’m just sayin’.

    This one, aside from the obvious Peter/Olivia friction, was a little too reminiscent of the standalone days from the Molebaby Era, and, unlike Olivia, I just don’t “want to go back to before”.

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    • GeigerCounter says

      I liked the stand alone feel of this episode. The case was disturbing and it impacted the characters. What more can you want?

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      • runthegamut says

        I agree. It was technically a standalone, but the monster of the week was crafted to parallel and highlight the Fringe team dynamics. They used the single episode structure to further the overall story. Nicely done.

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  3. Isa says

    Glad to see the ratings up. I think the show has a very loyal base of 5 million and if this number can go to Friday, then we are certain for a 4th season.

    Btw, there was a rumor yesterday saying Fox was about to announce the renovation. Hopefully, it’s true.

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  4. ICE-H says

    Another criticism of the measuring system itself is that it fails the most important criteria of a sample: it is not random in the statistical sense of the word. Only a small fraction of the population is selected and only those that actually accept are used as the sample size. There are only 25,000 total American households that participate in the Nielsen daily metered system.[11] The number of U.S. television households as of 2009 is 114,500,000.[12] As a result, the total number of Nielsen homes only amounts to 0.02183% of the total American television households, meaning that 99.97817% of American households have no input at all into what is actually being watched. Compounding matters is the fact that of the sample data that is collected, advertisers will not pay for time shifted (recorded for replay at a different time) programs [13] rendering the ‘raw’ numbers useless. In many local areas, the difference between a rating that keeps a show on the air and one that will cancel it is so small as to be statistically insignificant, and yet the show that just happens to get the higher rating will survive.[14] As the possible choices increase so does the margin of error resulting from the sampling sizes being too small.[15]

    After Nielsen took over the contract for producing data on Irish advertising, agencies said that they were “disastrous” and claimed that the information produced by them is too inaccurate to be trusted by them or their clients.


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    • Marklar says

      Saw this a couple of weeks ago. Thought it was interesting

      Unfortunately Fringe will be long gone by the time Nielsen is either replaced or more accurate

      “Mike Devlin, president and general manager of ABC affiliate WFAA-TV (Channel 8) in Dallas, said the proliferation of channels means viewers in those 600 homes are spread so thin across stations that just having one or two fewer viewers watching a channel on a particular day can wildly skew the ratings.

      And when a handful of Nielsen viewers, for whatever reason, skips watching a particular show that day, and the daily ratings dive as a result, the broadcaster often has to provide refunds to advertisers that bought air time under the condition that the show would deliver a minimum rating.

      “We think the sample size is too small for a market of this size,” Devlin said. “I think there is great skepticism on the methodology of Nielsen.”

      Devlin and others in broadcasting are pushing to dramatically increase the size of the ratings group by including data from digital set-top boxes. That would also prevent one or two viewers turning off their TVs from having an outsize impact on ratings.

      And a competitor to Nielsen is starting to offer that data. ”


      “”The data they collect is aggregated with other TV providers and is used to generate more accurate audience viewership analysis for clients of Rentrak, which include content providers, local broadcasters, advertisers and advertising media buyers,” AT&T said in a prepared statement.

      According to Devlin at WFAA, Rentrak’s ratings measurements vary on average by 5 percent from day to day, compared with an average swing of 18 percent with Nielsen numbers. ”


      “….in May, Nielsen showed WFAA garnering a rating of 3.3 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. while Rentrak calculated a rating of 6.1. Each ratings point equals about 25,000 homes locally.”

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    • Page 48 says

      lots of people thought last week was the winter finale and thus missed last night

      Those people suffer from a condition known clinically as “sh!t for brains”

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  5. Pierce says

    I don’t get the shift in numbers. Are they referring to total number of people who watched the episode from beginning to end? This is very confusing to me.

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  6. megan says

    The ratings are lame and confusing. I can’t believe such a small amount of housholds/people determine what gets canceled and what doesn’t.

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  7. says

    Let me say this: i really don’t care about Nielsen, ratings and all other viewer related numbers.
    I enjoy the show. Period.
    I’m sorry to say, but this weekly ratings article really, Really, REALLY wants to make me skip this blog.
    Roco: posting ‘bad’ numbers every week is not constructive for us fans. Please stay away from these negative articles, because it is pulling me, and a lot of other fans down.

    We’ll keep watching Fringe, no matter on what day or timeslot, or ratings.
    But getting a sour feeling in my stomache every week by seeing this article, and everyone whining about it, makes me really stay away from ‘fan’sites…

    To everyone else, please keep watching and enjoying the show. Cast _ crew deserve it. But for now, i´m seriously reconsidering visitinf Fringe fan sites with all this blahblahblah about ratings we can´t change. It takes the fun out of Fringe. Seriously.

    Happy holidays, everyone! And a very happy new year. Maybe we´ll meet again in 2011, somewhere…

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    • says

      “I’m sorry to say, but this weekly ratings article really, Really, REALLY wants to make me skip this blog.
      Roco: posting ‘bad’ numbers every week is not constructive for us fans. Please stay away from these negative articles, because it is pulling me, and a lot of other fans down.”

      Then skip it my friend! :) Though I’m not entirely sure what your problem is with this post. Accurate information is entirely constructive.

      We always report on the Fringe ratings – good or bad. We keep it real with a capital REAL and don’t intentionally mislead people.

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      • cortexifan says

        thank you for reporting accurately and non-biassed whatever the topic. I don’t like the negative ratings either but as you said it is reality.
        I discovered your site only in June or July and feel like I have a lot of catching up to do.
        What are we going to do until Jan 21st?
        And I finally convinced the last person on my shift to watch Fringe.
        If I would know how to upload pics on/in this blog/site I would show you what I did to my car.

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        • Page 48 says

          If I would know how to upload pics on/in this blog/site I would show you what I did to my car.

          Does any of these come close?:

          a) Gas tank out, Bra and Panties Tank in?
          b) Filled up with Unleaded Cortexiphan?
          c) came flying through your windshield?
          d) encased it in Amber?
          e) told Peter to stay in it?
          f) used it to help Alt-Livia dispose of the body?
          g) took it to a guy you know?
          h) sold it to an Observer?
          i) changed the Walternator?

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          • cortexifan says

            LOL Pretty creative Page 48 but no. I finally put my banner up. It says: watch FRINGE Fridays starting Jan 21, 2011, 9/8 pm on Fox.
            Do you mind if I pass this on to my Fringies at work?

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          • Owl says

            That is brilliant, and hysterical. Thanks for sharing…I am loving reading all the comments until we can watch another episode!!!

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    • mlj102 says

      I’m sorry, but the numbers are realistic. You may not care about the numbers, but you will care if the show gets canceled because the numbers are low.

      I understand that the numbers can be depressing. It really bothers me that, from week to week, no matter how much an episode has been praised and there seem to be tons of people looking forward to it, the numbers still come back low. I don’t get it and I don’t like it. But I like to know where my show stands. The network is looking at these numbers and that’s going to be a big factor in determining if it gets renewed. And I want to be aware of what’s going on. It’s not pretty and it’s not happy, but that’s the hard truth of the matter.

      I doubt you’d be complaining if the numbers were consistently high. I’m sure Roco would love to post only positive things about the show and the ratings. But, sadly, that’s not always possible. Roco’s not trying to make people get depressed, but he’s not trying to sugar coat the truth, either. It’s the same with his reviews: he reports on the good and the bad. And even though I sometimes disagree with what he says, it’s part of what I like about this site: it’s honest. He says what he thinks, even if it’s against contrary opinion. If there was something bad about an episode, he doesn’t try to overlook it or twist it to make it good because that’s what people want to hear. He says it as he sees it. I like that about this site.

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  8. annon says

    Apparently there were a few Fox channels that showed sport instead of Fringe. So, the numbers are adjusted down to accommodate that.

    When the initial figures come out, I think it is based on a certain number of channels airing the program. So, if that number is different ( as was the case for this episode), then the final ratings numbers are adjusted and reflect that.

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  9. LMH says

    People would rather watch crappy comedies or easy crime dramas on Thurs (not a judgement on any show in particular)= dish-washin’ TV.

    Fringe is just too awesome, weird, and intense for them. People are creatures of habit, particularly when it comes to what shows they watch and don’t really switch it up. Power of inertia. We stick with what we know, and ratings either stay fairly steady or steadily go down as people give up or drift away. Fringe has about 5 million people who watch live every wk (a fair percentage of those who watch live every wk are OBSESSED, will not miss it, and are exposed to all things Fringe online). Just carry that inertia of the live viewers into the Friday switch. I’d rather have that steady, general 5 million then big up and down fluctuations.
    They are slowly being worn down into wanting an Evo phone and Ford Taurus. And some Peter jackets.

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  10. bluelights30 says

    Hello all,
    For me those ratings don’t say anything but how many people tunned in to see the show, not that the show was great or wasn’t.
    Last show was absolutely great and there’s no doubt about it.

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  11. Owl says

    The good news for this show is that the fans really love it no matter what time or day it’s on. I will watch it on Fridays and DVR as well. I don’t think I’m too optimistic to think the other fans will too.
    Regarding what LMH said, they’re right. This is one of the only shows I have to sit and watch and do NOTHING else. Which is hard. I usually do fifteen other things while I watch TV, but if I do, I miss too much on Fringe. So, it’s a show I have had to dedicate all my attention to, so I can follow all the subtle clues and all the nuances of this cast’s performances. Which makes it a great show. Unfortunately for some of the viewing public, it is not a mindless “do your chores at the same time” kind of show.

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  12. ApplesBananasRhinoceros says

    Maybe Fringe is still on despite these low ratings from Nielsen because Nielsen is obsolete and only trying to protect their business model. Don’t the cable & satellite companies report their numbers too?? How do they get DVR numbers if they’re not reported from cable/satellite companies?

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    • ApplesBananasRhinoceros says

      From Wikipedia so take it with a grain of salt and a kernel of truth: There are only 25,000 total American households that participate in the Nielsen daily metered system. The number of U.S. television households as of 2009 is 114,500,000.

      99.97817% of American households have no input at all into what is actually being watched.

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