Fringe

Fringe audiences continue to be out of this world. Coming off a #1 super-simulcast debut, last Tuesday, J.J. Abrams’ must-see thriller delivered 819,000 viewers last night, peaking at 905,000 viewers. The second, gripping episode of this fall’s most-watched new series triumphed over 90210 (Global; 790,000) in its time-slot and won the 9 p.m. hour in Toronto and Vancouver. Among A25-54 and A18-49, Fringe was the #2 program of the night behind House in Toronto and Vancouver.*

Also to note:

Nationally, Fringe also bested 90210 among A25-54 (553,000 to 487,000) and equaled 90210 among A18-49 (546,000 to 547,000).

Compared to last week’s series premiere, Fringe boasted double-digit growth with A2+ (45%), A25-54 (64%), and A18-49 (79%) and more than doubled its A18-34 audience.

Fringe delivered more viewers than 90210 in Toronto and Vancouver among total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49.

At 9 p.m., the one-two punch of Without a Trace (#1; 872,000) on CTV and Fringe (#2; 819,000) on ‘A’ relegated 90210 (790,000) to #3 in the time period.

In the United States, Fringe delivered 13.3 million viewers, a 45% increase over it series premiere.

The spooky sci-fi storylines continue next week on Fringe (Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET) with “The Ghost Network,” which finds Dr. Bishop, Olivia and Peter investigating a horrific bus incident in which the dead bodies of commuters are frozen inside a bus like insects in amber. Led by the unconventional Dr. Bishop, who requests a piano in the lab to help him process data, the team uncovers a man who has visions of disturbances before they happen, and race to decipher the distraught man’s thoughts to prevent another atrocious event from occurring.

Fringe can be seen on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

*(In Vancouver, Fringe tied with Law and Order SVU among A18-49, each with a 6.7 rating).

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Total and Global Total (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

Tuesday, September 9
8 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and in Alberta on ACCESS; 9 p.m. AT on ‘A’ Atlantic

When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with no signs of life on board, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. After her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 17 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Peter (Joshua Jackson) in to help.

Tuesday, September 9
8 p.m.

Also airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ‘A’ and in Alberta on ACCESS

From J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Alias, comes a new series that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between the possible and the impossible. When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with no signs of life, an unlikely trio of FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop, and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern.

With a fresh new look and a dynamic new primetime line-up, ‘A’ is set to deliver one of Canada’s most exciting fall schedules.

‘A’ announced today premiere dates for the Fall 2008 season, including TV’s most talked about new programs:

J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi series Fringe (Sept. 9), crime drama The Mentalist (Sept. 22), and Jerry Bruckheimer’s new mystery series Eleventh Hour (Oct. 9).

CTV has acquired the broadcast rights to new reality series Hole in the Wall and will provide a sneak preview of the series immediately following Fringe on Sept. 9.

The ‘A’ schedule also boasts several of last season’s breakout hits.

The much talked about Gossip Girl moves to ‘A’ along with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Sept. 8), critical darling Pushing Daisies (Sept. 30), last season’s highest-rated new drama Private Practice (Oct. 1), Dirty Sexy Money (Oct. 1), Samantha Who? (Oct. 6) and Eli Stone (Oct. 14). Fan favourite America’s Next Top Model (Sept. 3) rounds out ‘A’s must-see line-up along with Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Sept. 12), Two and a Half Men (Sept. 22), Wife Swap (Oct. 3) and America’s Funniest Home Videos (Oct. 5).

This fall’s most-anticipated new series is getting a super-simulcast series premiere in Canada. CTV announced today it will simulcast the series premiere of Fringe together with ‘A’, creating a one-time-only super-simulcast for the big buzz sci-fi series. From Emmy Award-winning producer J.J. Abrams (Lost), and starring B.C. native Joshua Jackson (Bobby, Dawson’s Creek), Fringe makes its television debut on Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, ‘A’ and in Alberta on ACCESS (simulcast with FOX; visit CTV.ca/Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). This one-time promotional stunt is designed to deliver the biggest exposure possible for the series premiere. Following its debut, Fringe settles into its regular ‘A’ time-slot on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 16.

From J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the team behind Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Alias, comes the most-anticipated series of the fall. Variety magazine says Fringe “mixes elements of The X-Files and Altered States” in its exploration of the blurring line between what is possible and impossible.

When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport with everyone on board dead, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, Mistresses) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. When Olivia’s investigation leads to multi-billion dollar corporation Massive Dynamic and its manipulative corporate executive, Nina Sharp (Blair Brown, The American Experience), Olivia, along with Department of Homeland Security Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, Lost) and FBI Agents Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo, The Black Donnelly’s) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole, Take the Lead), discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

In the super-simulcast series premiere (Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and ‘A’), after Special Agent Olivia Dunham’s partner, John Scott (Mark Valley, Boston Legal), is nearly killed during the investigation of a plane with everyone on board dead, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help. This leads her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasures of Fiji), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: he’s been institutionalized for the last 17 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son Peter (Joshua Jackson, Bobby, Dawson’s Creek) in to help. Under Special Agent Phillip Broyles, the trio work to discover the shocking truth behind “fringe science.”

Fringe settles into its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 16, exclusively on ‘A’.