By the Numbers: Less Watch House, More Watch Fringe


Don't let that title mislead you though, because more people still watched House than Fringe.


It's just that 14.4 million people watched House, which while a nice number, is almost 25% smaller than the 18 or so million that watched the season premiere last year.


Fringe, however, could not have benefited more from airing after House (even, albeit, a less-watched episode). This week 13.4 million people tuned in to Fringe, up over 4 million from the 9 mil that watched the premiere last week.


So...are you one of those people that watched House last year but not this year, or didn't watch Fringe last week, but did last night?


Source: Variety

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Sep 17, 2008 8:15PM EDT

maybe word of mouth is increasing fringes audience? this is gr8 news, hope they green light a 2nd season of fringe

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Sep 17, 2008 8:31PM EDT

It's too early too be praying for a season 2 green light, the acting is horrible and the story is too broad. But its nice to know the numbers so thanks.

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Sep 17, 2008 8:41PM EDT

nit picking

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Sep 17, 2008 10:18PM EDT

I guess the 11 million Fox spent on the pilot is finally paying off. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on the show, but that seems common when we're talking about this type of sci-fi show.

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Sep 17, 2008 11:53PM EDT

I have to say i wasn't too thrilled about Fringe, as previously said the acting is very, first season... House however leaves me wanting more, shame i cant time travel

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Sep 18, 2008 4:53AM EDT

Saw the new House episode yesterday. It just oozed quality. People who didn't see yet are missing out on something. Of course, compared to the season four finale, it might seem 'calm' to some. It fits the story arc though...

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Sep 18, 2008 5:12AM EDT

I do not think people have to worry about Fringe. Being a JJ abrams show if FOX is stupid and cancels it someone will pick it up, plus FOX may actually be scared to cancel a JJ Abrams show after season 1 for fear he would never do anything with there network again. Pretty much everything he touches turns to gold and he has mainly been an ABC guy, so I doubt they would want him to go back to exclusively working with that network.

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Sep 18, 2008 7:08AM EDT

ak10 good point

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Sep 18, 2008 10:23AM EDT

Fringe is really good....but House has seasoned actors...I would not compare both of it...But I am tunning to Fringe for sure ;)

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Sep 18, 2008 11:08AM EDT

The problem with the premiere of Fringe is that it leaked online before the actual premiere date so I'm thinking a lot of people watched it on their computer instead of tv... then they tuned in for this weeks episode on tv.

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Sep 18, 2008 12:11PM EDT

Fringe hasn´t won me over yet, there still is too much that reminds me of x-files. I mean its well done, I really like the play between father and son, but I expected a bit more of the unexpected to be honest. Its all predictable so far...
And HOUSE, I LOVED the season premiere, specially because it was a such a calm one, the pain that hurts the most is the quiet one. I had the feeling for the first time House recognized he HAS to change and that means something in the Houseverse...
Fringe has to shape up, House is still intriguing, all good.
And FOX learned their lesson from the FIREFLY fiasco, so they will be very carefull before cancelling a new show too early.
BUT hey, I am waiting for DOLLHOUE, as we know Whedon will always come up with something thats unique, surprising and exciting, that its worth waiting for. Look at Dr. Horrible´s Sing-Along-Blog in the meantime...

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