Fox picks up 'Fringe' for full season

Solid performance leads to back nine order for freshman

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 performance in the Nielsens.

After an OK two-hour premiere Aug. 26, the show jumped significantly in Week 2 when paired with Fox's top-rated drama "House." Both shows took a hit when competition increased during broadcast premiere week, then demonstrated stability by growing slightly Tuesday night.

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's entertainment president Kevin Reilly said.

Added "Fringe" exec producer JJ Abrams, "As with many new series, 'Fringe' is just starting to find its groove. Knowing we'll be around beyond the first thirteen episodes means we'll get to realize the full potential of the show, and for that we are extremely grateful."

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