Good news. The DVR figures for the January 28th episode of Fringe – “The Bishop Revival” show a significant increase in overall viewing and key demo. With Fringe said to be on the “bubble”, this is another piece of positive news for the show. Hit the jump for the break-down.
According to TVByTheNumbers, the DVR figures for “The Bishop Revival” show a healthy 22% increase in total viewers with the Live+7 viewing factored in (that’s viewers who DVR’d the episode and watched within 7 days of broadcast) – giving Fringe the fourth largest overall increase for that week:
The Live+7 figures also show a 28% increase in the 18-49 key demo (3.92):
While this is certainly good news, it’s worth bearing in mind that the much maligned Heroes actually tops the Live+7 charts for that week. From a purist point of view it would be somewhat of a surprise if Heroes gets renewed (although it’s not impossible, considering the contrasting situation between the two respective networks).
At the end of the day there will be several factors which will impact the Fringe renewal chances. From the noises we’ve been hearing, it looks like Live+7 figures will be taken into account:
“it’s got an audience. And if you look at the live seven numbers, the audiences haven’t left it behind, they’re just watching it on their DVR.” – FOX President Kevin Reilly
This is positive stuff, and shows that a significant number of viewers are watching Fringe as their DVR choice. It’s not rocket science to predict that the returning episodes will carry the most weight, so hopefully more people will watch the show live, or at the very least within 7 days of broadcast – because, you know, I really like Fringe. If Lost and Fringe end at the same time I’ll probably end up starting GleeBloggers.com. That’s a mythology show that deals with fascinating concepts, right?
Anyway, fingers, knees and toes crossed! Well, maybe not knees – I have to walk, dammit.