After an infectious episode on Thursday night, Fringe delivered another credible ratings performance. Continue past the jump to see how it fared against its competition, and for a sci-fi vs sci-fact look at the raging virus from the episode.
Fringe received 6.9 million Nielsen viewers (slightly up from the previous week) and retained its 2.6 key demo rating:
The Monday 11th airing of the lost season 1 episode, Unearthed, may have caused
some a lot of confusion from viewers who don’t read the blogs, but it doesn’t seem to have hurt the ratings..quite the opposite.
Elsewhere, Popular Mechanics take the sentient virus to task in their lastest sci-fi vs fact look at What Lies Below:
In this week’s “Confinement,” a strange man exits an elevator, steps into an office and collapses on the spot. Resuscitation attempts by a good Samaritan are unsuccessful. But his bad luck doesn’t stop there. The veins in the Samaritan’s face bulge and appear to burst, causing a cloud of blood to spray from his mouth—not a good start to the work day.
Agents Olivia Dunham and Phillip Broyles arrive on the scene with jack-of-all-trades Peter Bishop to investigate the curious death. As Olivia and Peter question the office employees, another person starts showing the symptoms—bloody nose, weariness, agitation—and in minutes he’s gone, too.
From outside, Dr. Walter Bishop and his lab assistant Astrid declare that a lethal virus is the killer and that everyone still inside, including Olivia and Peter, must be quarantined. In their investigation, Walter—along with a fictional version of the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and the State Department of Health—discovers that the virus is a 75,000 year-old strain unleashed from a drill core sample that came from a 10-mile-deep oil dig. And, in true Fringe form, the race for a cure is on.
So is the show’s disease from the deep possible? “No,” says Dr. William Blattner, director of The Institute of Human Virology. “But it does make for good TV.” The possibility of a virus reappearing out of a core sample that has been buried deep inside the earth for thousands of years is implausible, says Blattner. “Viruses are not things that can live on their own. They are obligate parasites that can only grow in living cells.”
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