Fox has just renewed “Fringe” for a 22-episode fourth season, despite its recent posting of a series-low 1.3 in the adults 18-49 demo. Fox executive Kevin Reilly had previously said that if “Fringe” averaged 80% of its previous timeslot average (a 1.6) it would be renewed.
The surprise renewal (we had been predicting its cancelation) likely narrows the odds for “Lie to Me” and “The Chicago Code.”
Fox is touting the shows DVR numbers, where it averages a 2.2 in the demo each week with seven days factored in; its calling “Fringe” the number 1 scripted show on Friday, though thats of debate versus “Blue Bloods” and “CSI: NY” with DVR viewing factored in. Most importantly, Fox is up 38% year over year for Friday.