Despite some sources suggesting the mighty cancellation axe was hanging over the genre series throughout this latest season, all is right in the world for Fringe fans. The network has ordered a fourth season of the show which is lead by executive producers J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
In mid-January, Fox moved Fringe from the ultra-competitive Thursday night time period to the otherwise-dead Friday slot, with Kitchen Nightmares as its lead-in. That seems to have been a wise move because since changing to Fridays, the series has averaged 4.1 million viewers.
Though ratings have slid since the first season, the show tacks on significant DVR numbers. Through Feb. 20, Fringe has seen a 44 percent increase in its key demo rating, rising to a 2.6 (vs. a 1.4) when live-plus-7 numbers are factored in.
Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly made his case for the series’ survival at the Television Critics Assn.’s semi-annual press tour earlier this year. “It’s a fantastic show,” he said, “and honestly I’d be heartbroken if it went away.”
Executive producer J.H. Wyman tweeted the news Friday evening, saying, “Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!”