Renewal Hopes for Fringe and Human Target

Fringe has been one of my favorite shows since it started almost three years ago. Everyone, including myself, has been worried that it’s move to Friday would be the death of the show. Rating have been overall pretty good but not great so the fear of it being canceled has been high. After a couple weeks of holding on to ratings the past two weeks have dipped slightly.

Human Target has been moved all over the schedule this year with back-to-back episodes airing on two separate occasions. Ratings have been up and down as a result. Looking at the ratings per episode on Wikipedia, some episodes from this year were near last season’s first few.

Check out what EW found out from Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly below:

How does Fox feel about Fringe’s performance on Friday so far?

Quite enthusiastic.

“I’m so psyched about it,” says Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “It does go to show you the loyalty of the genre audience, when you get the right show. I’m so grateful to that audience, I’d like to shake their hands. We have a lot of passion for that show here.”

Now, this interview was just before last Friday’s second-in-row dip, but most other shows also fell that night and one rating does not a reputation make. As for Human Target ….

“We have some decisions to make about that,” Reilly says, “and Lie to Me as well. These shows are not being rejected. They’re doing a consistent and solid number. There are networks that would be happy to take those shows. We have to look at our shelf space.”

Translation: We’re going to decide about Human Target and Lie after we see our pilots for next fall. But keep in mind, Fox only programs two hours a night, so that’s a pretty crowded shelf….