No drama about pickup for 'Fringe'

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Fox has picked up a full-season order of J.J. Abrams' sci-fi thriller "Fringe."

The network has ordered the back-nine episodes of the Tuesday night drama, which should come as no surprise to those following its ratings performance.

After an OK two-hour premiere Aug. 26, the show jumped significantly in its second week when paired with Fox's top-rated drama "House" and has remained steady.

Season-to-date, "Fringe" has averaged a 4.2 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million total viewers and ranks as the top freshman series in the adult demo.

"The series has really taken off creatively, and it's exciting to see that the audience is responding," Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said.

Added "Fringe" executive producer Abrams, "Knowing we'll be around beyond the first 13 episodes means we'll get to realize the full potential of the show."

"Fringe" stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble as investigators of paranormal crimes. It is the second freshman series to receive a full order after CW's "90210." (partialdiff)
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