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Flash Forward, V, and Fringe Lose Viewers After Returning From Hiatus

Do You Stay Loyal to Sci Fi TV Through a Mid-Season Break?

Things are not looking too good for sci fi on the prime-time front: Lost is in its last season, and three shows — Fringe, FlashForward, and V — are suffering from low ratings. Being a fan of these shows, I am pretty bummed, especially since each one of them (with the exception of Lost) was subjected to the doomed mid-season break and returned to at least 15 percent — if not 50 percent — less viewership. Everyone loves a cliffhanger but not when it's a relatively new show, and especially not after airing only four to eight episodes of it. Add to that the intricate plot lines that often make up sci fi shows, and people can't be bothered to remember what was going on — especially after a four month hiatus! Many still blame a mid-season break for diminishing the splendor that was once Heroes. Talk about a momentum killer.

The good news: Fox believes in Fringe enough to renew it for a third season. The bad: things are looking pretty grim for FlashForward and V. The wait and see: Caprica just had its mid-season finale, so now we play the waiting game to see what Syfy will do with it once it returns in October! I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed for a little sci fi prime-time fix — how about you?

Photos courtesy of Fox, ABC inc., and Syfy.

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Spideyj Spideyj 5 years
I've been hanging in there for V, I really want to like it, but I really don't think it's all that good. Caprica, on the other hand, has me hooked and I'll be sure to track it down when it returns.
blossommac blossommac 5 years
Fringe!!! just love it
blossommac blossommac 5 years
Fringe!!! just love it
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 5 years
Nope. They all need to go. Glad I'll finally see the backside of Lost. Good riddance.
xstarsprinklesx xstarsprinklesx 5 years
I said yes, but there are some exceptions. I watched all of FlashForward in the fall, but got so annoyed with it that after the break I was no longer compelled to watch it anymore. That's happened with other shows in the past as well. I'm really enjoying V but I think it definitely suffered from such a long break after only 4 eps. I fear for it. Fringe was the riskiest, though — it had the Christmas break, came back with a bunch of weak eps, and then ANOTHER hiatus after that. But this time it came back REALLY strong so I have faith.
xstarsprinklesx xstarsprinklesx 5 years
I said yes, but there are some exceptions. I watched all of FlashForward in the fall, but got so annoyed with it that after the break I was no longer compelled to watch it anymore. That's happened with other shows in the past as well. I'm really enjoying V but I think it definitely suffered from such a long break after only 4 eps. I fear for it. Fringe was the riskiest, though — it had the Christmas break, came back with a bunch of weak eps, and then ANOTHER hiatus after that. But this time it came back REALLY strong so I have faith.
Chim Chim 5 years
Noooo! Not V! I want to see Ana at her best doing the worst. I hope ABC don't give up on them. I thnk what happens to is that when these show come back on from their hiatus, many aren't aware and they give up because they've missed a couple episodes. I say catch up on hulu and let's rock and roll.
kismekate kismekate 5 years
I agree with the above comment. I dropped everything but Fringe.
KateAthens KateAthens 5 years
Think Caprica is the best new show, never watched V and Flashforward (any good?) and Fringe is ok but nothing like X-files sadly. And i will stay loyal to Lost till the end.
glynislily glynislily 5 years
Yes and no. Fringe did it right with last weeks episode. It was amazing and totally pulled me in. But the other shows (V and Flashforward not so much. Basically the break made me look life without these shows and now that they are back I don't know if they are worth it anymore.
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