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BubbleWatch: FOX's 'Fringe'
SHOW: "Fringe" (FOX)
IN ITS FAVOR: An acclaimed cast, a dedicated following and a powerhouse creative team, plus a certain amount of creative respect. Also, if you just look at the ratings, it's one of the freshman hits of the season.
AGAINST IT: Those ratings have been inflated by a "House" lead-in in the fall and an "American Idol" lead-in in the spring. The show's actual viewer retention from those two hits is so-so at best. If "Fringe" were holding onto more of its lead-in, FOX would probably have renewed it long ago.
OUR GUESS: It's a no-brainer. "Fringe" will be back on FOX next season, but will FOX be able to continue to prop the show up with top-notch lead-ins, or will it be asked to stand alone?
THE VERDICT: FOX has renewed "Fringe" for a second season.