In J.J. Abrams terms, the Fringe debut was a flop. Only 9.1 million people watched it, according to Nielsen, a number Fox was hoping would have a "1" in front of it. That breaks down to just above one dollar per set of eyes, if the alleged $10 million price tag for the pilot is to be believed.
The heavily hyped program was one of the season's most eagerly anticipated, or so we thought. By comparison, Lost, another J.J. product, debuted in 2004 to a whopping 18.6 million viewers. In fact, no first-run episode--season premiere or otherwise--of Lost has drawn less than 10 million (as The Washington Post points out), and that includes the numbers from season three, when the show was thought to have lost its way.
There's good news for The Secret Life of the American Teenager; the program will make it to its first birthday. ABC Family has announced that the drama, the network's top-rated show, has been picked up for a new season.
ABC Family, you're growing up so fast! The offshoot of ABC and Disney has proven itself to be a major player in the cable game in the past few years, establishing original programs such as Kyle XY, Greek, and last year's surprise The Secret Life of the American Teenager as legitimate hits.