May 07, 2011 9:58am PT by Philiana Ng
'Fringe' Season Finale Hits Low in Friday Ratings
Did last night's game-changing season finale of Fringe really exist? (Spoiler alert)
A big, shocking reveal that elicited online reaction didn't seem to boost audience tune-in for its 15-year "jump forward." Fringe tied a series low 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 3.3 million total viewers, according to its preliminary numbers.
Fox has already renewed the heavily-serialized drama for a 22-episode fourth season, with executive producer Jeff Pinkner telling THR in late March that they weren't "necessarily surprised" at the pickup. Series star John Noble shared some insight with THR after the initial move to Thursdays, saying, "It was a huge compliment for us to be put there but it was murderous up against Grey's Anatomy,CSI and The Office ... We did erode our numbers." One has to wonder if drastic changes will take place.
The good news: Fox tied for first in the demo -- with ABC and CBS -- with a new Kitchen Nightmares (3.7 million, 1.6) kicking off primetime.
CBS' Flashpoint (6.9 million, 1.1) returned, with the top-rated scripted telecast CSI: NY (9.3 million, 1.5) down at 9 p.m. Blue Bloods (10.1 million, 1.5) also dipped slightly.
ABC's Shark Tank (4.5 million, 1.2) was flat. What Would You Do (4 million, 1.2) and 20/20 (6.1 million, 1.7) followed.
NBC was a close second for the night in the demo with a new episode of Friday Night Lights (2.7 million, 0.8), up from the previous week, and Dateline (5.9 million, 1.7).The second hour of Dateline was the highest-rated telecast of the night with a 1.9.
The CW's Smallville (2 million, 0.8), readying its two-hour swan song next week, and Supernatural (2 million, 0.9) held steady.