FOX announced today that it has renewed the low-rated Fringe for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes. The cult hit has never been a ratings smash for FOX but the network has always loved it and nurtured it. It was moved to Fridays during the 2010-2011 season where expectations have been lower. Even then, it's been awfully low but with each passing day, the likelihood of a renewal grew stronger as it's not surprising that FOX would want to give the show a proper sendoff. Through 19 episodes, it has averaged a very low 3.1 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo.
Fringe joins American Dad!, Bones, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, Glee, Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons, and The X-Factor as renewals for next year. Sure to join them is American Idol and Cops in some capacity while Napoleon Dynamite and Touch are on the bubble. Alcatraz, Breaking In, The Finder, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter are sure to Allen Gregory and Terra Nova on the cancellation list.