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Ratings: Fringe Returns Down — Plus: Watch the New Promo for the Series Finale

Fox’s Fringe resumed its final season on Friday night with a total audience of 2.42 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, down 20 percent from its previous outing and delivering its smallest audience of Season 5.

In other ratings notes, Shark Tank drew Friday’s best demo rating (2.0) while CSI: NY and Blue Bloods hit season highs (of 1.6). Blue Bloods delivered the night’s largest audience (11.1 million total viewers).

But back to Fringe: In last night’s episode (SPOILER ALERT), it was revealed that Walter will need to sacrifice himself in the name of exacting his plan to save humankind — which also requires transporting “Michael” the “child” Observer aka The Boy Who Must Live to the year 2167, to prove to scientists that they need not remove certain emotional capacities to make room for intellect (and thus create the chrome-domed army).

Watch a SPOILERY promo (courtesy of for the two-hour series finale event airing next Friday at 8/7c.

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