Gone: Fringe

By David Knox on October 17, 2008 / Filed Under Programming 122

Nine has just pulled the plug on one of it’s big new dramas, Fringe.

The big budget “thrilling new drama” the network recently promoted as with a big marketing push has been pulled from it schedule effective immediately.

Nine will instead move The Mentalist into its place from next Wednesday at 8:30pm, followed by CSI: NY.

This week the series rated a disappointing 671,000 viewers -thrashed by Criminal Minds’ 1.47m, beaten by Spicks and Specks 1.23m, and pipped by House’s 885,000 viewers.

The complex, futuristic drama starring Australian actors Anna Torv and John Noble has fared better in the US, holding most of its 9million viewers and winning a full series.

Nine has had trouble with its Wednesday line-ups, already pulling Kitchen Nightmares USA and McLeod’s Daughters from the 8:30pm timeslots, the latter last aired to 931,000.

Nine has also had a run of bad luck with sci-fi shows including Moonlight, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles all under-performing, while Seven’s Bionic Woman and Heroes had uneven results and Torchwood and Battlestar Galactica were moved by TEN onto TEN HD.

When Nine announced with considerable fanfare that it had picked up the rights to Fringe, readers on this site were sceptical, vowing to download it for fear of Nine pulling the plug on the show.

Tim Worner, programmer at rival Seven, recently commented on the difficult game of programming saying, “The aim of our game is to try to please most of the people most of the time and it’s a very tricky equation.”

No doubt Michael Healy concurs today.

Plans for a special by Mythbusters on October 29 are also now shelved. Nine is yet to announce plans for unaired episodes of Fringe and a regular Sunday show where The Mentalist was sitting…

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Nine said Fringe’s fastracking was complicated by the US election but could not confirm a new timeslot for the series yet.

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122 Comments »

  1. Me September 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm -

    Aussie TV stations hate SciFi in all shapes and forms.
    I’ve given up on local TV and it’s been all elsewhere for me for the past year, with the exception of sports.
    Never been happier with TV.

  2. NineTen February 17, 2009 at 12:35 am -

    Ah ha channel 9 is the new channel 10 this is (was) mine and my daughter favourite show 9 you suck. I for one will not be missing any of these episodes the internet is you friend :) so it goes 9 10 and Fox are all series killers.

  3. B.Bungate November 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm -

    So the low lifes in 9 have done it again and screwed us over with that garbage mentilist, i don’t normally watch the idiot box except for house and ncis because there themes are very different from main stream bullshyt, but Fringe was an excellant show with exceptional potentional and i found extremely entertaining and you had to actually think ….. bugger yes i know i said think about what was happening in the show. But once again 9 stuffs up by taking a very good show off and putting crap like that mentilist shyt on, good on you 9 once again u have shown what a bunch of drongo’s you are.

  4. D. Griffing November 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm -

    Big mistake to drop Fringe… this one would have climbed to the first real winner in a long time. The new “cut the rope” policy of killing a series before half the viewers even discover what it is, may be the number one reason TV is of such poor quality generally .

  5. Deb November 4, 2008 at 1:44 pm -

    Damn typical of Nine, they don’t have many decent shows worth watching and when they finally get something really worth watching they pull it off air. Viewers would be more loyal if they could ever manage to run a whole season. At the very least Nine could air the show late or out of ratings time. There are only so repeats of CSI that I can stomach!

  6. David Knox November 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm -

    We certainly hope not. It’s only TV, people….

  7. Benno November 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm -

    It seems like someone will put a hit out on network executives soon. They create a lot of anger.

  8. ron November 3, 2008 at 5:30 pm -

    well this is just like the bloody norm for ch nineIts all the f”–n money hey get off your big fat arses and leve the tv shows on the f–n screen when something like this comes along you f—er’s f—-k the show again It’s bad enough that all the good shows are gone or are on to f—-en late at night
    hey remember kids go to bed at 7.30 not f—en 9.30 at night

  9. Cherie November 2, 2008 at 8:49 pm -

    I too have been a fan of House until I got hooked on Fringe…

    I like the mentalist but I do prefer House.

    Bring back Fringe and they have me on Wednesday and put back the Mentalist to Sunday!

  10. scott November 2, 2008 at 1:01 pm -

    brilliant stuff channel 9, you baffoons! For crying out loud, when will you learn?? Fringe was a great show, and you did not give it a chance. My wife and i actually stopped watching channel 10′s House to watch fringe. I thought “finally’, a show that is half decent and is not your typical cop show.
    Very disappointing!!!
    I hope the people at channel 9 have realised that there are alot of very unhappy campers, and i reckon 9 has lost alot of veiwers. Like i said channel 9, brilliant you baffoons!!!

  11. am I suprized?? November 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm -

    I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks that channel 9 is losing the plot (and taking us all along for a proverbial ride).

    The people who make the programming decisions at channel 9 should not still have a job, as they very clearly show that they can not make good judgement calls under pressure situations…honestly now…who is it yanking their chains???
    Well…channel 9, this has gone beyond a joke…this time swapping of series shows…filling in old episodes between “brand new” episodes is something only an idiot would do…do not insult your viewers intellegence or patiencs this way…eventually we wake up and move on…too much stuff available by other avenues these days for you to continue stuffing up in monumental proportions.

  12. Roger October 28, 2008 at 9:12 pm -

    Ch 9 – I’m very Pis@#$ ed off. You can not pull programs all the time you have to get them supported. Wednesday 830 is a tuff slot. You actualy pulled my wife and I away from watching house so that we could watch fringe. . . . . Guess whay you fools ….. we are back watching House.

  13. Hazeldig October 28, 2008 at 8:52 pm -

    Just typical really. Why do all the Networks do this. You all suck! And you wonder why we all download illegal copies of tv series. Get sick in tired of the networks never finishing what they start. I have yet to see a whole series of a program without some sort of interuption to the schedule. TV exes have no fn clue when it comes to scheduling. High rating shows are put in pathetic time slots like 10:30 pm. When in other countries they are in primetime. Don’t even get me started on this so called ‘Fast Track’ bulls**t. I can download a program faster than they can air it. You all suck!!!!

  14. elena October 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm -

    im extremely unhappy!
    i barely ever watch tv.
    but when i found fringe, i wouldnt miss a show. i hooked my friends into it and we would gossip about the day after about how fantastic it was.
    when it suddenly wasnt on, i was very very very annoyed.

  15. John October 24, 2008 at 11:59 am -

    Yet they keep screening Z grade sitcoms like 2.5 men…..

    But axe Fringe….

    Not happy

  16. keenty October 24, 2008 at 8:57 am -

    I am so disappointed with channel 9 for taking Fringe off the air. Why take it off completely? I was just starting to get into the story line. Why couldn’t it go to the 9:30pm time slot? I had just started getting back to watching a couple of shows on channel 9, but as usual every time I come back to watching a show (the other show I like is two and a half men at the moment–so I guess you’ll pull that too!!!) it gets taken off air. I agree with Leanne McDermott who on October 23rd, 2008 11:36 pm said it could go in the 9:30 slot on tuesday night.

  17. karen October 24, 2008 at 12:35 am -

    i am very cross that hey have removed Fringe completely without a by or leave. They should have moved it to another timeslot so we could at least record it.

    Oh well over to Amazon to order the series

  18. Leanne McDermott October 23, 2008 at 11:36 pm -

    Typical of the networks to pull something without notice, channel 7 is normally the worst. You program managers have little concept of what you do to the loyal viewer, we are getting fed up, you’ll end up with no-one watching free to air, lets hope one of the fox channels picks up Fringe. Friday nights on all channels 7, 9 and 10 have crap, put it on that night. Put it on a Tuesday night after 2 and a half men, there’s nothing decent on then, I end up going to bed. Hire Program Managers that don’t keep switching and swapping, axing and postponing shows, keep the continuity, you’ll keep the viewer – simple isn’t it!!!

  19. Klaus October 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm -

    I assume all the genius programmers at 9 have been ‘boned’ over the years.

    I just started watching a couple of shows on 9 again and they pull one of them.

    No point complaining though, just be like the other millions that don’t watch that Network anymore .. when will they work out that the quality of the show is only a part of keeping viewers.

    If you want to make a point, don’t boycott watching, take down the names of their program sponsors and send them a letter telling them why you won’t be using their services, when the ads are dropping, 9 might notice a problem.

  20. Norm October 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm -

    Hey you d*******s! I was watching and enjoying this show. Stop pandering to ratings and look after your niche loyal viewers… all 2/3 million of us!

  21. Sharon October 23, 2008 at 6:16 pm -

    I cant believe this it is the only show I really enjoy Thanks 9 not happy at all…I really thought 9 had finally got it all together, guess i was wrong!!!

  22. Mark October 23, 2008 at 6:11 pm -

    I wish the next axe would fall on channel Nine.

  23. KB October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm -

    CH 9 you suck! as always unreliable and unfair to veiwers.

  24. Pffft October 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm -

    Disappointing! I was really enjoying Fringe.

    Time to download the series from now on i guess!

  25. Markus Zussner October 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm -

    Genre related TV shows need time to mature and build up their TV audience. Seldom will a sci-fi TV show be an instant hit (like rare exception The X Files) It’s a pattern that can be tracked back to the 70′s. The success of genre shows were not solely due to good ratings, but also the patience of the programmer to attempt to nurture the show. Maybe try a different advertising campaign. It’s when programmers act like excecutioners and go on a culling spree is when a show stands no chance. Look what happened when Jericho was cancelled in the US after its first season. The people had the power to ressurect the show and they did. I think a single coffee bean was sent in the mail from fans around the world. The studio started piling up with mountains of coffee beans. They got the message. Maybe we need to do something similar. Like send then a copy of the last printed TV guide that had Fringe listed.

  26. Drogo October 23, 2008 at 11:34 am -

    If you really want 9 to listen, stop watching their news, and get everyone you know to stop watching their news for one week. If the news ratings fall, they will fall over themselves trying to fix the problem.

    So let’s spread the word. No channel 9 news, especially at 6pm from Monday 27 to Sunday 2 Nov.

    Oh, and let channel 9 know why the news has tanked.

  27. jed October 23, 2008 at 10:52 am -

    jesus, who cares?
    i downloaded every episode anyway, knowing nein would bone it ASAP

  28. matt October 23, 2008 at 12:10 am -

    i was just getting into fringe but i missed last weeks episode which was its last :( im not suprised did this they always do it. Before fringe was on i didnt watch channel 9 simply because no real variety and it was either 2 and a half men or CSI. on top of that shows were packed full of ads. the only time i would even consider to look at 9 if there was a good movie on or nothing else to watch. At least i still have 10 and 7 to fill my needs. ill give channel 9 one more chance, screw me over again and i wont watch channel 9 ever again untill it improves.

  29. Disappointed October 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm -

    @#$%%! I try and avoid low-brow channel 9 as much as possible, but Fringe was a show I was just starting to get into. Now they suddenly pull it off the air. Channel 9, you have the consistency of a bowel movement during a cholera epidemic.

  30. shoulda-called-it-x-files2 October 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm -

    This show has x-files written all over it, it was good, but we were never going to find out what happens. The main characters are never going to get it togather. It was probably better it got cancelled now before we all got into it.

  31. cernat October 22, 2008 at 10:32 pm -

    Nine has absolutely no idea. There are too many reality and police shows on at the moment. Fringe was a breath of fresh air. How do they expect to get a following for a tv new show when they only air the first 3 episodes.

    Give a new show a chance!!!

  32. Faber October 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm -

    Booooo, bring it back, bring it back, bring it back!!!

    Channel 9 totally suck for doing this, Fringe is an awesome show ! Whoever made this executive descision should be shot!

    Bring back Fringe!!!!!!!!!

  33. Susan f October 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm -

    ARRrrrrrrrrr !!! so angry as I proceed to pull out my hair!!! Just settled down to an enjoyable Wednesday night of watching Fringe and what pops up but the Mentalist!! You got to be Kidding!!..Not Happy Channel Nine!!!..”please explain!”…..
    Change the time slot…change the day….but please put it back on!!!..Don’t treat us like children and make decisions for us and give this show a chance!!…

  34. Chelsea October 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm -

    I am really angry and disapointed that nine cancelled ‘Fringe’…. It was my new favourite show, and I looked forward to watching it every week.

    Can someone from nine, who has authority to speak on behalf of nine please advise the general public what is happening with the show, and when it will be aired, what time slot/day. A quick advertisement appeared on the television just before the mentalist began, saying it will be aired at a later stage…..
    This is ridiculous, I cant even buy the series yet, because all episodes havn’t been aired in the USA.

    Anyone who didnt watch the show, doesnt know what they were missing out on. Its a crime show with real science combined… It tops CSI and Criminal Minds etc etc etc.
    Very disgruntled viewer

  35. Adam Brisbane October 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm -

    Gutted great show, something outside of the rest of the crime programming thats on and thats what the telly needs a bit of variety. literally just found this website today couple minutes before the show should have started and realised about kitchen nightmares to!!

    So it had a few less viewers than house, if the main shows are devided up by 800k, 650k and 2x1m than thats just a demographic of taste and the people into the other series arent gonna swap any way!

    The simplest thing would be to stop making us watch repeats of 2.5 men (love the show) and give us the programme then. Or alternatively get rid of all the repeats there putting on and air then replace the repeast with remainder of the programmes they’ve paid for and people want to see – job done everyone happy, and that wayvthey can use the repeats when they get really hard up!

    Seriously get a new decission maker up there – there wasting money, losing viewers, and losing credibility

  36. Grimace October 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm -

    Channel 9 – Why do you insist on pulling programmes off air with absolutely no warning, or advice on what is happening ?? And here i was thinking uncle Kerry had passed away … seems like everyone who wants to be him is starting with the Doug Mulray “rip it off during an ad break” mentality, and then actually trying to use their friggin brains well after that.

    You will never win every time slot, however you may just gain a substantial number of viewers on a regular basis if you can try and be just that … regular. Want to know what people do when they flick on the TV looking for one of their favourite shows, and discover something else there in the timeslot … they don’t sit and watch it for a while to evaluate it, they turn to over to one of your competitors …. or put on a DVD, or go and download which doesn’t help anyones ratings …. wake up channel 9. With all of the communication tools at your disposal, let people know what is happening you bunch of morons.

  37. Laura October 22, 2008 at 9:14 pm -

    What about us poor people that live remote and don’t even get channel 10 or any HD channel or Pay TV? Put shows on at a later time so we at least have something to tape to watch later in the week, when there is usually nothing on but football! Internet here can’t even be guaranteed, so give us a break and stop removing shows.

  38. Xfile fan October 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm -

    I really enjoyed fringe and was loking forward to tonigths episode, we always watch crimanal minds as we tape it for later. Bad desicion cahannel 9. Put Fringe back on.

  39. John October 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm -

    Bloody Nine.

    This is why I don’t watch network television. The mongrels get you hooked on a show and then change timeslots willy nilly, or cancel the show entirely. Well bugger nine. They can take a flying leap. I won’t be watching them again. I’ll just wait for the DVD box sets and buy those, just like I have with Heroes, Lost, BSG, and others.

  40. Bob October 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm -

    Well thanks for helping me choose my new broadband connection 9. You can forget my 8:30 timeslot from now it. Back to House and downloading any show that looks decent that has ’9′ attached to it.

  41. Joel P. October 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm -

    This is pathetic! How rude and inconsiderate! At least move it to another time slot and let the 670000+ viewers who enjoy the show watch it! You stupid morons!!!

  42. RosanaNiven October 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm -

    Boo Ch9. I prefer sci-fi to to crime. Crime shows are constantly finding the worst in humanity to make episodes about. I hate watching shows about rape, child abuse etc. Bring back the sci-fi imagination and innovation. At least we aren’t filling our brains with evil content. Australian TV can’t seem to grasp the fact that the fantasy/sci-fi audience is potentially huge seeing as Fantasy/sci-fi is the biggest selling book genre.

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