Fringe star says fans need to campaign NOW to save the show

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Dec 14, 2012

Fox recently kicked Fringe out of its Thursday 9 p.m. time and moved it to Friday, known in TV land as the death slot. Worse, it's conflicting with Supernatural AGAIN, so viewers are spread thin. It's enough to make fans worry about the ratings. And as it turns out, Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop, is worried, too.

Jackson told EW that Fringe needs a good fan campaign, starting now:

"I'm a positive person in general, but we really need our Fringe fans to tune in and watch us on Fridays...We did good when we first moved, but last week we did not have a good week, ratings wise. It is going to take the people that like the show to watch the show and start the campaign and show their support if they want to see us stick around for another season."

Although Fringe's ratings are higher than Supernatural's (Fringe had 3.736 million viewers last Friday, while Supernatural had 1.974 million viewers), it's still quite a drop from the 2009-2010 broadcast season, where it averaged 7.34 million viewers.

However, if you include DVR playback, EW writes that "The episode's adult demo climbed 57 percent over the next three days." But that's still not nearly enough viewers for Jackson's—and perhaps Fox's—comfort.

To give fans a reason to tune in, Jackson mentioned his character's impending daddyhood. "And it is like the most extreme long-distance relationship. ... My baby mama is in another universe." Although he hasn't seen the script for the finale, he says we can expect some serious action. "The whole other universe thing and the machine and the war of the two worlds is obviously the end of this season."

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