FRINGE 4.05 Novation — Ratings


The preliminary ratings are in for Fringe 4.05 “Novation” — but how did the episode do?

Fringe went up a tenth on the previous episode to a 1.3 adults 18-49, tearing a hole in NBC’s Grimm in the process (down 14% on last week’s debut to a 1.8 in the major demo).


Season 4 Ratings So Far:
4.05 — 3.3 million | 1.3 adults 18-49 (prelim)
4.04 — 3.14 million | 1.2 adults 18-49 (final)
4.03 — 3.18 million | 1.3 adults 18-49 (final)
4.02 — 3.05 million | 1.2 adults 18-49 (final)
4.01 — 3.5 million | 1.5 adults 18-49 (final)


  1. Lil Leia says

    Oh thank you thank you thank you!!! I wasn’t able to watch Fringe live!!!! :'(
    (downloading from iTunes as we speak)

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  2. mlj102 says

    That’s what I like to see. And well deserved as it was a great episode. As long as ratings stay like this (or, dare I hope, continue to go up) I think we have a chance of Season 5.

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  3. Geoff says

    I have a friend who is an analyst with NBC. He doesn’t understand why they put Grimm against Supernatural and Fringe. Not even remotely sure what they were thinking on that one.

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    • Jen says

      My mother and I were just questioning this the other night. I think it’s stereotyping. The networks assume that people who like sci-fi are “geeks” who have no social life, meaning we’re home on Friday night. Of course it seems to me that if the networks wanted to get the best ratings for these shows they would stagger them for those of us who are watching. Seriously, if these shows must be part of the Friday night line-up why can’t they air at 8, 9, & 10 pm?

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    • Red Balloon says

      That was a reply for @Xindilini… I think it’s great news, but there has to be a way for people to watch LIVE instead of DVRing it.

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  4. nalex1013 says

    Thank God. I’m having nightmares about cancellation. Please do everything you can to boost live ratings!!

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  5. Nick says

    I’m sure its been asked many times, but what I dont get…on my On Demand through Comcast, if I watch an episode of Fringe OD, instead of live, for the first week, they disable the fast forward feature on the cable box, and you HAVE to watch the ads during Fringe, and other shows. So, why arn’t they counting THESE people who still have to watch the ads? It might as well be watching it live. It would seem, that the advertising is still reaching those people, which I would think, would allow for more people to be counted in the ratings. Isn’t in the end, money the bottom dollar?

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    • Red Balloon says

      I don’t live in America, but for what I can understand, the networks only take the Nielsen System to account, and only those who have a Nielsen Box and/or DVR (within the Nielsen families), are counted on the ratings. And only 25.000 families have Nielsen boxes :(

      Nielsen boxes are the only ones who measures the age, gender, etc in a household, and the Networks use this measures to negotiate their advertising for each show.

      I wish more Nielsen families were watching, but the fact is that Fringe is not getting any significant new viewers this season, so we are relaying on the good truly loyal fan base that has been following since Fringe Friday

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  6. Leo says

    I cared a lot about Fringe last year, it was a great experience. But now? I don’t anybody in the show anymore, only Peter! I want Fringe back!!! Please, be a genius show again

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  7. Ryanrpm says

    Dude, Leo… the writers just a little bit! I think you’ll find there is a genius plot at work that goes deeper than we can even imagine right now.

    Fox, please keep Fringe alive for us faithful fans! This show is AWESOME!!

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