Ratings: FlashForward sank, but Fringe soared

Good news and bad news for fans of sci-fi TV. The midseason finale of ABC's FlashForward continued that show's downward slide in the ratings to a new series low Thursday night, but the audience for Fox's Fringe enjoyed its highest ratings in weeks.

That's according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog:

ABC aired the "fall finale" of "FlashForward" (7.3 million viewers, 2.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) Thursday evening and announced the drama will return in March.

Normally you worry about a serialized show losing ratings momentum over such a large midseason gap. But given that the "FlashForward" inertia continued downward this week, slipping another 8% to a series low, perhaps hitting the re-set button in a few months with a new promotional push might actually help.

As for Fringe:

"Fringe" (6.9 million, 2.5) enjoyed [its] highest ratings in weeks. With "CSI" in a repeat and "Practice" instead of "Grey's" in the hour, "Fringe" jumped 25% to its biggest number since its season premiere.

As we're big fans of Fringe, we'll say yay! As for FlashForward, here's hoping the hiatus and creative recharging brings the show back stronger than ever when it returns ... in a few months. Yikes!

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