FRINGE: 4.21 Brave New World: Part 1 Ratings

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The early ratings are in for “Brave New World: Part 1” — but how do the numbers stack up?

Fringe was down a tenth to a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo, with 2,851,000 viewers.

Fringe Season 4 Ratings So Far..
4.21 — 2.9 million | 0.9 adults 18-49 (prelim)
4.20 — 3.1  million | 1.0 adults 18-49 (final)
4.19 — 3.0 million | 1.0 adults 18-49 (final)
4.18 — 2.8 million | 0.9 adults 18-49 (final)
4.17 — 3.01 million | 1.0 adults 18-49 (final)
4.16 — 3.11 million | 1.2 adults 18-49 (final)
4.15 — 2.9 million | 0.9 adults 18-49 (final)
4.14 — 3.10 million | 1.2 adults 18-49 (final)
4.13 — 3.00 million | 1.1 adults 18-49 (final)
4.12 —  3.05 million |  1.1 adults 18-49 (final)
4.11 — 3.20 million | 1.2 adults 18-49 (final)
4.10 — 3.33 million | 1.2 adults 18-49 (final)
4.09 — 3.19 million | 1.1 adults 18-49 (final)
4.08 — 2.88 million | 1.1 adults 18-49 (final)
4.07 — 2.88 million | 1.1 adults 18-49 (final)
4.06 — 3.03 million | 1.1 adults 18-49 (final)
4.05 — 3.21 million | 1.3 adults 18-49 (final)
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)

Source: Masked Scheduler

Comments

  1. cortexifan says

    I really don’t understand this system.
    4.07 was 2.88 mil with 1.1
    and this time it’s 2.9 with 0.9

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    • Rick Terry says

      It is about the demographic not the amount of viewers.

      So 4.07 had 2.88 million people watching, but 1.1 (31,680) percent of those were ages 18-49. 4.21 had 2.9 million people watching but only 0.9 (26,100) percent of those people were ages 18-49.

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      • Ian S. says

        I thought the 1.1 or 0.9 is the percentage of viewers watching Fringe, out of all the viewers from 18-49 watching all of TV for the whole hour.

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        • Rick Terry says

          Nope there is the total amount watching the show (2.9 mil) then the percentage of those that are in the key demographic (0.9). The Key Demo is what makes the show money or not. It is what they cater to as far as advertising goes. 18-49 is the biggest demo and the most money spending demo for Television. This probably won’t make them rethink their decision to renew,but it will affect the budget of the show going forward so the ratings still do mean something…just not cancellation since they struck a deal. Althopugh Fox does reserve the right to pull the plug if the ratings keep tanking going forward, but they’d be stupid to do so since WB is basically giving them the show for free.

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        • Rick Terry says

          …Also you may have noticed the BLATANT sprint product placement in last night’s episode too. Well if that pissed you off like it did me, then the numbers have to go up to stop that. See Fox knows that a lot of people DVR the show, and fast-forward the ads, so they have to place products in the show in order to make a few advertising bucks.

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          • willg says

            I understand the product placement being annoying, but hey whatever it takes to keep the show on till the end. So be it.

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          • chelsie says

            On Fox for FRINGE. New Ads are Facebook and Twitter for Fringe during our live show. That is something new and special now. Well we want a whole season and that makes me mad. They could have advertised awhile ago since its done with after a half season of 13 episodes?.. I would have taken the whole season, instead of that stupid ad! THANKS FOX BROADCAST!

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            • Surun Tunne says

              seriously, I absolutely didn’t care about those sprint product placements, they didn’t change the quality of the episode and they help keeping fringe on the air!

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            • Rick Terry says

              My opinion on the Nissan stuff is; They gotta have vehicles to get to those fringy events, but really does Astrid honestly need to explain how cool it is to pay for your coffee with a cell phone app?

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  2. Mancha says

    I think it did have something to do with The Avengers coming out last night… My boyfriend purposely went to watch that and missed all of Fringe last night…

    Oh boy, is he in the doghouse this morning… He keeps bringing me tea and saying he’s sorry… We were supposed to watch Fringe live together, and I ended up being alone…

    But seriously, .9? I imagined the ratings would’ve been higher if the movie hadn’t come out when it did…

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  3. Tash says

    That avengers movie came out yesterday???
    My friend said he’d already seen it like three days ago
    OMG HE IS OBSERVER!!! :)

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  4. Underseer says

    Keeping track of the ratings seems a bit redundant when the series is coming to an end in 14 episodes. I couldn’t care less about the ratings since the Fringe’s future is decided.

    Every single series I’ve liked in the last decade has been cancelled. Almost none got the exit they deserved. Fringe got lucky with a 13 episode exit I guess, but make no mistake, it’s still a cancellation.

    Firefly, Dark Skies, First Wave… now Fringe. Open ended serialised television doesn’t work. It’s run by cretins who see it merely as a vehcile to attract advertisers. I’m really sick to death of it now. I’ll watch new series, but watch casually and with no investment. If I miss an episode, so what, yawn. There’s no point, they never last.

    Arrivederci.

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    • shidey17 says

      “the series is coming to an end in 14 episodes”

      It sounds so sad when you say it like that :(

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      • Underseer says

        Sorry to be on a downer. It’s just really depressing to see something that gave me hope for the future of tv sci-fi given the ignominy of a foreshortened season.

        Better than ignominy of immediate cancellation of course, but there’s so much utter rubbish out there that there’s going to be a real vacuum when Fringe goes. As far as I can see, there’s nothing even in the works that can fill that vacuum.

        The X-Files torch was ably taken up by Fringe. I hope something else comes along to pick up the Fringe torch. Also I hope the Fringe actors all land on their feet afterwards. They all invested pretty hard in this show, as much as the fans, it must be like losing your family.

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        • SissySiri says

          You are not being a downer, I think a lot of us feel like you do. Have you watched Falling Skies? The second season premiere in on Sunday, June 17 at 9:00 p.m. The first season DVD is released on June 5. It is different from Fringe, but the aliens are scary, it’s about survival and there is romance. It will take the edge off of my missing Fringe until the fall.

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  5. Rae says

    Really, when the DVR numbers track in, the ratings will go up. It’s the same for Touch, and even American Idol.

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  6. DeepRunner says

    This is just silly. The see-sawing. Don’t matter. Season 5 is a go.

    Let’s see what the +7 number is.

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  7. Ian S. says

    The Avengers movie most definitely pulled people out of watching the show, especially since they think now that watching live doesn’t make a difference since it was renewed. I’m expecting BNW Part 2 to have probably a 1.1 or 1.2, and I doubt the numbers will ever reach higher than that in the future.

    But, if you think of it this way, last year’s season finale had I think a 1.3, and if this years finale as a 1.2, then at least we, and Fox, know that the show really hasn’t lost any core viewers, that 1.2/1.3 is really the core viewers of Fringe :) It makes me happy to know we really wouldn’t have lost any people since last years finale

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    • willg says

      Actually last years finale was a 1.2. I was going to say essentially the same thing. A year ago the finale was a 1.2 and we may almost get the same rating with this years finale. Not too bad at all.

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      • Ian S. says

        Even better in some ways then, it shows no core audience has been lost at all. Was 1.2 the season low for season 3 do you know? I’m curious as to how the season low for 3 and 4 compare.

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  8. James says

    Something I’m unclear about:

    Are the 13 episodes of Season 5 for definite, or could Fox kill it halfway through because of poor ratings?

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    • Rick Terry says

      As I said above FOX reserves the rights to pull the plug at any time, but they probably won’t since they are getting the show for a VERY discounted price. But that said they could yank it if the ratings keep dropping to a point that they begin loosing money again. Or it could go the other way too, if the ratings spike they could renegotiate and order a few more eps. But all in all I think we are safe at 13 season 5 eps. One more thing though: The ratings WILL affect the budget of the show so the more watching the better the quality, and vice-versa.

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      • Ian S. says

        Yup I mentioned the exact same thing a few weeks ago, if we stop watching live the budget will be so slow the show will lose its quality. The more we watch live, the better season 5 will be, simple as that!

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  9. Rick Terry says

    I’m not sure why the ratings system seems so confusing to a lot of people.

    It works like this:

    Lets say there were 1000 people living in the US.
    Out of those 1000 people Nielson gives boxes to 100 people that is 10% of the population.

    Out of those 100 people with boxes 29 watched Fringe.

    So those 29 people represent 290 people out of the entire population of the US (1000) This gives them the number of people watching the show.

    Out of those 29 people they know the ages in the key Demo so lets say 12 people are in the key demo. that is roughly 51% (or a 5.1 rating)

    So they come to the conclusion that 51% of all the people watching are in the key demo this means 12 people represent 147.9 people in the big picture.

    Of course using these numbers Fringe is more like: out of 29 people 1.2 people are watching in the key demo, so that would equate to 12 people out of the whole US population of 1000 watching Fringe in the Key demo which would equal 1.2 percent (or a 1.2 rating)

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    • Rick Terry says

      *correction* 12 out of 29 is roughly 42% so 42 % of the population of 1000 is : 420 (4.2 rating) but as I said it is really more like 1.2 people out of 29 watching in the key demo, thus 1.2 rating (1000 x 1.2% = 12)

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    • Ian S. says

      Really any show getting ratings in the 1.0’s isn’t safe, Fringe is the little show that could and has gotten itself a fifth season for basically no cost to Fox. But if any other show ever hit these ratings, they would be considered on the bubble, a toss up between renewal and cancellation.

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  10. David says

    Which has been my point all along, how out of date this system really is.
    The number of people surveyed with respect to the overall population of the country, and then using that to measure the popularity of the show.
    Many more shows will go the wall if this is the method used by the networks going forward.

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  11. FringeCharacter says

    Brave New World is #1 on Amazon!

    In case you are interested…
    The pilot episode is available as a free download on Amazon. Let your friends know – get ‘em hooked. :-)

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  12. matt says

    what the heck is old wally doin in that picture? i dont remember that scene. it looks like he’s having a smoke

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  13. Cortexiphan Kid says

    We already have a season 5, I don’t care about the ratings any more!
    But still, GTH Nielsen!

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  14. Rick Terry says

    They add in the 3 days hence of DVR viewing to get the plus 3 ratings. Same formula. But I must say my explanation above does not include actual numbers and percentages. For all I know out of the 300 million US residents only 4000 could have Nielson boxes so that would change the percentages of boxes verses people. But the fact of the matter is that the few represent the many, and those few can make or break a series with only a small drop off. I used 1000 and 10% to try to make the math easier to figure.

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